PC Pro: Hollywood has now begun accelerating the release of movie titles in the new high-definition formats, with Blu-ray seemingly being the favourite format. Around 80% of new titles will be Blu-ray.
More than a dozen studios announced in Tokyo yesterday that 75 films would be added to the Blu-ray roster, including The Da Vinci Code and Chicken Little, although only two of these, Warner and Paramount, also plan releases for HD DVD, alongside Universal which has until now pretty much ignored Blu-ray.
However, with so few films currently available, drawing conclusions from the early prevalence of Blu-ray discs is futile. Studios are likely to ramp up their releases for both formats as and when the technologies begin to be more widespread.
A clearer picture may also emerge when compatible computer drives become more widely available and more affordable, not least because Microsoft and Intel are committed backers of HD DVD.