Posted on January 9, 2008,

Paramount Denies That It Will Drop HD DVD

paramount.gif

Yesterday I brought word that Paramount had a purported clause in its contract with HD DVD that would allow it to drop support should Warner Bros. go Blu-ray, and it was set to follow suit. That, combined with the numerous other recent defections was essentially the last straw, and certain doom was all but assured for the Toshiba and Microsoft backed format.

Now, Bloomberg is reporting that Paramount has denied that it will be dropping support of HD DVD.

“Paramount’s current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format,” Brenda Ciccone, a spokeswoman for Paramount, said in an e-mail yesterday.

It’s hard to say where things go from here. Considering that the e-mail made no attempt to shoot down the aforementioned contract clause (or, if it was, it was completely omitted from the Bloomberg story), it’s still possible that Paramount will drop HD DVD and is simply waiting to make its own announcement.

Looks like we can’t stick a fork in HD DVD just yet.

Join the Conversation   

* required field

By submitting a comment here you grant GameFront a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate or irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin's discretion.

6 Comments on Paramount Denies That It Will Drop HD DVD

Norbit

On January 9, 2008 at 1:56 pm

At the end of the day it doesnt really matter if the HD-DVD group think they have lost or not because everyone else thinks they have and that means they have.

Sk8man

On January 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Of course they deny it. They are under contract to not speak of Blu ray, but we all know that when the contract runs out one of two things will happen:
Paramount will go Blu-ray exclusive or Paramount will support both formats. If Paramount does ‘go blu’ then there will tremendeous pressure if not legal action taken against Universal.

Note that the quote says: “current plan” Current is the key word, leaving me to believe that in the future the answer is yes, they will support blu ray.

(I wouldn’t doubt that there is a warehouse somewhere full of Paramount Blu ray films just waiting for the day the contract runs out.)

LighterFluid

On January 9, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Who actually cares about junk like this? The same people that faithfully watch Entertainment Tonight? Too bad most of them are so neurotic that they’ve owned both formats since day number one. This whole topic has been retarded since it first arose many years back; only thing worse is the alleged “wrongdoing” associated with the lame ass Writers’ strike. People, there ARE other things to do with your life! For thousands of years people got by just fine without garbage like this…

David Russell

On January 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm

You’ll notice she said they would continue to support HD-DVD. She didn’t say that they WOULDN’T go dual format, which was the substance of the Financial Times story.

GrayFox

On January 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm

LighterFluid, you shot yourself in the foot by typing a response like that on this topic. Why would you possibly want to make a comment when you have an alleged “life” might I ask?

Norbit

On January 9, 2008 at 6:31 pm

The rumour now is that Paramount and Universal are receiving pressure from the retail industry to defect and thus end the war.

http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/news/report-paramount-universal-pressured-by-retail-to-go-blu/19031/?biz=1