New Line falls in line with Blu-ray


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LAS VEGAS -- A New Line Home Entertainment spokesman confirms reports that the minimajor is following distributor Warner Home Video's lead in abandoning HD DVD and releasing all future next-generation titles only in the Blu-ray Disc format.

And HBO Video president Henry McGee says HBO, too, is "following the same policy as Warner Home Video."

Warners on Friday stunned the industry when on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show here it announced that after May it will no longer support the HD DVD platform, which for nearly two years has been engaged in a bitter format war with Blu-ray Disc to become the high-definition disc standard.

Like Warners, New Line and HBO had been a supporter of both formats, though New Line's HD DVD releases lagged behind its standard DVD and Blu-ray releases. HBO has released Season 6 of one of the most popular TV-DVD sellers of all time, "The Sopranos," on both Blu-ray and HD DVD.