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European Commission wades into HD format war

July 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

All eyes are on the Hollywood majors this week, after the European Union antitrust commission asked them to explain their policy of releasing on just one of the two competing hi-def disc formats. The regulator has suggested that the policy, most notably used by the Blu-ray camp, might be anticompetitive and in breach of EU antitrust regulations. Fox and Disney are vociferous supporters, while Universal backs only . Letters requesting clarification on the policy were sent out in June. As yet none of the studios have replied; they have until Friday to respond. Depending on the quality of the responses, the regulator says it may launch a full investigation.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Home cinema · Trade

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  • 1 visionrider // Jul 5, 2007 at 8:07 am

    It is about time some one got all players together and lays a level playing field give people right to by films they want on format they want not being dictated to like a load of school children with teachers telling them what they can do or not do because they bet the farm on end result with EEC fines system it would hurt both camps if they dont sort out mess it will hurt they just fined a telecom firm in spain fined up to €150 million for being anticompetitive a few fines like that and a lot of film companys would hurt alot as they can be a rolling fine look at microsoft millions every week plus interest.

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