Paramount Set to Dump HD DVD
This would truly be the final straw in the high definition DVD wars if true – according to The Financial Times, Paramount is set to drop its HD DVD support following Warner Bros.’ recent move to Blu-ray exclusivity. The Viacom-owned company – and one of the major backers of HD DVD – purportedly has a clause in its HD DVD contract that would allow it to switch to Blu-ray, should Warner Bros. begin backing Blu-ray.
Paramount (along with DreamWorks Animation, which it owns) is behind movies such as the newest Indiana Jones, the Shrek series, and Transformers. While Paramount on its own wouldn’t have been such a major blow to HD DVD’s chances in the format war, the fact that it’s one of the last supporters means a move to Blu-ray would likely coincide with HD DVD’s obituary.
Assuming this pans out, Transformers director Michael Bay is likely to be a very happy camper. You can also expect to see our boss, FileFront editor-in-chief Jon Soucy, doing a poor rendition of the robot somewhere under the pale moonlight.
Thanks to Norbit for the image.