The battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD is shaping up to be the current generation's VHS vs. Beta battle, with studios backing one format exclusively. Disney, MGM, Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Pictures have sided with Blu-ray with Universal and now Paramount, backing HD DVD.
Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. are both dropping support for Blu-ray discs and will supply all future releases in the rival HD DVD format, the companies said Monday.
This will include all movies distributed by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films, as well as movies from DreamWorks Animation, which are distributed exclusively by Paramount Home Entertainment. Films directed by Steven Spielberg, will serve as the one exception, as his films are not exclusive to either format.
Among the upcoming releases impacted by the decision are "Blades of Glory," "Shrek the Third" and "Transformers." The three titles combined for $1.5 billion in worldwide box office sales.
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement that the company believes that the format will be the best format in order to reach families, a key market for the company, citing the lower price point for a HD DVD player.
Source: Phoenix Biz Journal