Thomson Supports HD-DVD and Blu-ray13 Dec, 2004 By: Angelique Flores
Thomson, maker of Thomson and RCA DVD players and owner of the Technicolor brand, announced Friday that it will support both of the two competing next-generation DVD formats.
Thomson will manufacture HD-DVD and Blu-ray discs through Technicolor, but it will make only HD-DVD players through its Thomson and RCA brands.
A founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, Thomson will continue to participate and support the development and production of the Blu-ray format, which has support from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Its competitor, HD-DVD, has garnered support from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Studios.
“We will support the format our studio customers select to grow their businesses and support their growth with the highest-quality replication, distribution and other media services available on the industry today,” said Quentin Lilly, president, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, in a statement.
Leaning toward the support of its customers, Thomson also cites the benefits of supporting HD-DVD, which is based on the same physical disc structure as a DVD disc, ensuring backward compatibility and enabling manufacturing of the discs at a reasonable cost. Thomson expects to have HD-DVD discs and players available by late 2005.