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Fox Filmed Entertainment has no plans to support HD DVD format

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Fox Filmed Entertainment has no plans to support HD DVD format

Fox Filmed Entertainment seems to be mighty impressed by the Blu-Ray
format, which is currently under development by a group headed by
entertainment giants Sony. Fox has said that they have no plans to
support the rival group (headed by Toshiba) format HD DVD. They
believe that the Blu-Ray format would emerge as the clear winner as it
is going to be supported by the upcoming Playstation 3 gaming console,
which would bring it to the masses.

Fox has also said that they would not be releasing any of their titles
on the HD DVD format unlike most other movie studios, which are
playing it safe, and plans to release their films on both the versions
until a standard is decided. Most of these movies studios are
impressed by the innovative Blu-ray’s restrictive copy-protection

However, Hewlett-Packard is one company, which is not very supportive
of this DRM technology and had recently announced that they might be
forced to move to the Toshiba camp, which has the support of both
Intel and Microsoft. HD DVD employs more lax copy controls and this
might become crucial for computer manufacturers to support to keep
their consumers happy in the longer run.

Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman James Gianopulos on his part said
in a statement: “We believe that Blu-ray not only has the superior
technology and backing in terms of strength to market but also the
superior content protection.” Microsoft chairperson Bill Gates however
believes that Sony’s Blu-Ray format is anti-customer, as it is not
going to be very friendly with people who want to make copies of the
digital content.

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