Universal is today's Blu-ray turncoat – HD DVD getting deader by the hour

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universal-goes-blu-ray-finally.jpgYour HD DVD player just got that little bit lonelier today, as Universal announced its dumping of exclusive HD DVD support in favour of Blu-ray.

Following HD DVD maker Toshiba’s announcement of the death of HD DVD yesterday, Universal wasted no time in jumping fully on the Blu-ray wagon from the burning wreck of the HD DVD bus.

“The emergence of a single, high-definition format is cause for consumers, as well as the entire entertainment industry, to celebrate. While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalogue titles on Blu-ray,” said Universal’s Craig Kornblau, the movie company’s president of its Home Entertainment and Digital divisions.

The only question left now is… how long until lone HD DVD exclusive movie maker Paramount announces the ultimate – and final – climbdown and switches its movie disc box colour scheme to blue?

(Via News.com)

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