Fox Joins Blu-ray Disc Founders Group4 Oct, 2004 By: Kurt Indvik
Twentieth Century Fox has joined the Blu-ray Disc Founders (BDF), a group of companies involved in a collaborative effort to provide input for the format's development. Along with Sony, Fox now becomes the second content company in the group that includes Dell, Hitachi, HP, LG, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, TDK and Thomson.
Fox executives said the move to accept the group's invitation to join the BDF does not translate into a firm commitment to publish on the format, however. Rather, the studio hopes to provide direction, from a content-provider perspective, into such issues as content protection, production costs and logistics, among others.
“We look forward to the eventual completion of specifications that will result in a high-definition format with an attractive cost structure similar to current DVD production, within a secure environment with value-added features and interactivity well beyond that offered by today's DVD format,” said Mike Dunn, president, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Industry analyst Tom Adams of Adams Media Research said that it's premature to read anything more into Fox's joining the BDF until such time as the studio announces firm publishing support for the format.
“It's a smart move by the studio to have input in a format that might be the eventual standard for the industry,” Adams said.