Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/08/paramount_puts_down_hd_dvd_dump_rumour/

Paramount puts down HD DVD dump rumour

Not following Warner

By Scott Snowden

Posted in Hardware, 8th January 2008 22:24 GMT

Hollywood-based Paramount Studios has denied claims that it will be dropping the HD DVD format and returning to Blu-ray Disc.

In an email sent to Bloomberg, Paramount spokeswoman Brenda Ciccone said: "Paramount's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format."

The comment was a direct result of speculation that the studio would use a clause allegedly written into its contract with the HD DVD camp that allows it to switch to Blu-ray if Warner Home Video dropped its support of Toshiba's standard. WHV last week did just that.

Meanwhile, another, slightly lesser-known studio has also switched to Blu-ray. Porn label Digital Playground is to adopt Blu-ray exclusively despite initially choosing HD DVD.

It has announced that it will be launching eight titles on the format next month to complement its big-budget HD porn fest Pirates based (very loosely we suspect) on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean.

We suspect an announcement on this will be officially made at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, which opens tomorrow at the same venue in Las Vegas that CES is being held. We at Register Hardware are ever vigilant and shall be attending purely in the selfless quest for technology news.