Toshiba said it understands that Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures will release movies in the HD DVD format
Tokyo-based DVD FLLC is a joint venture of the ten companies that originated the DVD formats
- Hitachi Ltd, Royal Philips Electronics, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co, Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Pioneer Corp, Sony Corp, THOMSON multimedia, Time Warner Inc, Toshiba Corp and Victor Co of Japan Ltd.
showed its new Spaceline turnkey line for all DVD formats
The HD DVD format
is competing with the Blu-ray format promoted by a Sony Corp.
In a battle to win support from Hollywood studios, considered key to which technology will be the next-generation DVD format
, both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD have acquired nearly an equal share of the U.
Universal and Paramount said they will release titles in the HD DVD format
during 2005 and in early 2006, respectively.
Use a standard DVD burner to convert HD DVD format
discs straight to standard DVD media; and,
Last year's revenues increased nearly $2 billion from 2001, fueled mainly by the rapidly growing DVD format
, which also set a sales record and made major inroads in the rental arena still dominated by VHS.
By offering our titles in a dual-disc format, those consumers who haven't yet made the complete transfer to the HD DVD format
can still enjoy our programming, and then literally flip the disc once they are fully HD compatible.
From Hawkeye and Trapper on ``M*A*S*H'' to Ozzy and his clan on ``The Osbournes,'' a wave of television shows from past and present will hit store shelves in the coming months in DVD format
at a dizzying pace, giving the booming home-video industry yet another major boost.
On the same day, the popular animated holiday feature film "Polar Express," starring Tom Hanks, will make its debut in the HD DVD format
For Disney, the DVD format
has played into the studio's longtime strategy of rereleasing its classics every decade or so.