Warner plays both sides for next-gen DVDs
Blu-ray has another backer, sort of. Warner Bros. Entertainment has announced
that it will release movies in Blu-ray format in addition to HD-DVD. The studio is already a member of the HD-DVD Promotion Group
, and its commitment to that standard is unchanged. At least half of the major studios are expected to release titles for both formats, though.
Among six major Hollywood Studios-- Paramount Pictures, Sony Picture Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Pictures and Television, and Warner Bros.—all but Universal have announced support the BD format. Paramount, Universal and probably Warner will release HD-DVD titles.
Blu-ray's current lack of required Managed Copy support may make the format more attractive to movie studios worried about piracy. However, Blu-ray supporter HP has called for
the standard to include Managed Copy support.