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New Line, HBO Turn Blu

9 Jan, 2008 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Two more dominos have fallen.

A New Line Home Entertainment spokesman confirms reports that the mini-major is following distributor Warner Home Video's lead in abandoning HD DVD and releasing all future next-generation titles only in the Blu-ray Disc format.

And HBO Video president Henry McGee says HBO, too, is “following the same policy as Warner Home Video.”

Warner last Friday stunned the industry on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show when it announced that after May it will no longer support the HD DVD platform, which for nearly two years has been engaged in a bitter format war with Blu-ray Disc to become the high-definition disc standard.

Like Warner, New Line and HBO had been supporters of both formats, although New Line's HD DVD releases lagged behind its standard DVD and Blu-ray releases. HBO has released season six of one of the most popular TV DVD sellers of all time, “The Sopranos,” on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD.

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