Fox Filmed Entertainment has no plans to support HD DVD format

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Allan, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Allan

    Allan Guest

    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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    Allan, Dec 9, 2005
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