Uni, Par stick with HD DVD


The format war might not be over for a long time. Despite speculation that Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment are about to drop their support for HD DVD and join the other majors in going Blu-ray, executives with both studios deny any such move is imminent.

A high-ranking Paramount source said the studio has no plans of ditching HD DVD anytime in the foreseeable future. And Ken Graffeo, executive vp of HD strategic marketing at USHE, said the same holds true for his studio.

"Contrary to unsubstantiated rumors from unnamed sources, Universal's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format," said Graffeo – who is also co-president of the HD DVD Promotional Group -- in an official statement sent to members of the press by the group's public relations firm.