OCC News: DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Choose HD DVD
The HD DVD Blu-Ray war took an interesting twist today as Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation announced they are settling on HD DVD exclusively for their new releases. Paramount had previously released titles in both formats but decided to move to HD DVD exclusively based on the decision that that format offered better quality and lower-priced players and reduced manufacturing costs. That means that you'll be only able to get "Blades of Glory", "Transformers" and "Shrek the Third" on HD DVD when they're released this fall.
"So far, most of the major Hollywood studios are selling Blu-Ray titles, and HD DVD sales have lagged. But some HD DVD supporters hope to broaden their appeal to consumers based on cost. The lowest-priced, stand-alone HD DVD player sells for $299, compared with $499 for the lowest-cost Blu-Ray option."