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Eagle Rock Goes High-Def at CES

5 Jan, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Music DVD concert and footage of The Pretenders, Yes and Mike & The Mechanics from Eagle Rock Entertainment will be shown for the first time in the Blu-ray high-definition format on a demo reel at the Philips Electronics booth beginning tomorrow at CES 2005 in Las Vegas.

Blu-ray, and competitor HD DVD are vying for dominance in the burgeoning high-definition entertainment market whereby next-generation DVD formats playing on high-def televisions are expected to include storage capacities up to 50GB with significantly improved picture quality and clarity.

“We will take advantage of all opportunities to expose our music to a wider audience,” said Mike Carden, president of operations at Eagle Rock Entertainment North America.

“It is a nonexclusive [Blu-ray] contract,” said an Eagle Rock spokesperson.

The concert footage, which is currently available at retail in conventional DVD format for The Pretenders and Yes, respectively, will include a Mike & The Mechanics release March 8, according to the spokesperson.

Eagle Rock, which markets documentaries and music DVDs by a variety of artists, including Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, The Who, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys and Snoop Dog, recently released a series of music DVDs from the Montreux Jazz Festival.

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