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Universal and Paramount Not Ditching HD DVD

10 Jan, 2008 By: Thomas K. Arnold

The format war might not be over for a long time. Despite rampant reports in the press and blogosphere that Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment are about to drop their support for HD DVD and join the other majors in going Blu-ray, executives with both deny any such move is imminent.

A high-ranking Paramount source said the studio has no plans of ditching HD DVD anytime in the foreseeable future. And Ken Graffeo, EVP of HD strategic marketing for Universal Studios Home Entertainment, said the same holds true for his studio.

“Contrary to unsubstantiated rumors from unnamed sources, Universal's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format,” said Graffeo, also co-president of the HD DVD Promotional Group, in an official statement sent to members of the press by the group's public relations firm.

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