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HD DVD CES Event Cancelled

5 Jan, 2008 By: Thomas K. Arnold

LAS VEGAS—The North American HD DVD Promotional Group has abruptly canceled a planned two-hour extravaganza Sunday night in Las Vegas on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, at which it was to preview upcoming releases and show off the latest advances in special features.

The cancellation came in the wake of Warner Home Video's announcement Friday that it is dropping support for HD DVD and after May will exclusively release high-definition titles in the rival Blu-ray Disc format. The Warner move dealt a mortal blow to the underdog HD DVD camp, leaving it with just two of the six major studios.

Ken Graffeo, the Universal Studios Home Entertainment EVP who serves as copresident of the North American HD DVD Promotional Group, late Friday night confirmed rumors that had been circulating all day on the Web that the event had been canceled.

According to an official statement from the group, “Based on the timing of the Warner Home Video announcement today, we have decided to postpone our CES 2008 press conference…. We are currently discussing the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and evaluating next steps. We believe the consumer continues to benefit from HD DVD's commitment to quality and affordability—a bar that is critical for the mainstream success of any format. We'll continue to keep you updated on new developments around HD DVD.”

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