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'Sopranos' Slated For TV on HD DVD

10 Aug, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

“The Sopranos” is poised to become the first TV series to be released on high-definition disc.

HBO Video Wednesday announced its first release on the nascent HD DVD format will be The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 1, arriving in stores Nov. 7, the same day as the standard DVD.

The high-definition edition will cost $129.99, $30 more than the standard DVD version.

HBO said a Blu-ray Disc version is on tap for 2007.

HD DVD and Blu-ray are the two rival next-generation optical-disc formats vying to succeed DVD as the nation shifts toward high-definition TV sets. By the end of this year, there will be between 25 million and 28 million HDTV households in the United States, according to Warner Bros. research. Both formats offer a clearer picture—1,080 lines of resolution, as opposed to 480 for DVD — and hold three to five times as much data as standard DVDs.

At an HD DVD panel Monday during the Entertainment Media Expo in University City, Calif., representatives from the three studios supporting the format — Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment — promised more than 150 HD DVD titles in stores by the end of this year.

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