Feeds

EU Commission probe HD DVD and Blu-ray backgrounds

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Movie studios backing the rival HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc optical formats have until tomorrow to tell the European Commission about how they chose which of the two to back and why.

The move to request information from the studios follows the EC's demand, made a year ago, that hardware vendors provide similar details.

The EC probe is not a formal anti-trust investigation - it's still at a "fact-finding" stage, a spokesman told the Reuters news agency - suggesting that reports in the press that the Commission is seeking reams of phone records and emails are overblown.

The Commission is, however, keen to ensure that consumer interests are not being harmed by hardware makers and content providers' decisions to support one format and not the other.

HD DVD is being driven primarily by Toshiba, with support from studios Universal, Warner and Paramount, though the last two are also backing Blu-ray Disc. Sony and 20th Century Fox only release HD content on Blu-ray, a format promoted by Sony, Samsung, Philips and others.

Toshiba has already announced that it will ship HD DVD drives as standard in all its laptops from 2008, while video and games rental chain Blockbuster has put its weight strongly behind Blu-ray in America. Warner Home Video is set to release an HD DVD/Blu-ray disc in January 2008.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.