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HD DVD may not gain holiday advantage

August 14, 2005

HD DVD proponents have been pushing for a holiday launch to gain an advantage on Sony, whose Blu-ray technology isn’t expected to hit the store shelves before mid-2006.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Hollywood’s motion picture studios are no longer planning to use the coming holiday as a launch date for the next generation high-definition DVD. Paramount Pictures has cancelled plans for holiday releases entirely, although they have not indicated that they are abandoning HD DVD altogether.

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NBC Universal will be releasing some HD DVD titles, but they have scaled their release to only a handful of titles. As of last week, no other HD DVD titles have been announced.

Toshiba, the newspaper speculated, will likely be the only company to bring a HD DVD player to market during the holiday season, and with an expected price of about $1000 and few titles, it’s highly questionable if many will be sold.

Sony, Disney, and now News Corp’s 20th Century Fox have all committed to Blu-ray, and have no plans to sell HD DVD products.

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