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According to the Wall Street Journal, the European Commission recently sent letters to Hollywood movie studios asking for communication records and agreements between the movie studios and HD-DVD and Blu-Ray DVD format representatives. The EU wants to know why so many studios are exclusively backing Blu-ray at the expense of HD-DVD; it seems they suspect that Sony is leveraging its moviemaking business in inappropriate ways.老域名出售

Last August, the European Commission was interested in the business practices of Sony and Toshiba—specifically Sony, who owns Sony Pictures and also markets the Blu-ray-capable PlayStation 3 gaming system—because of its involvement in Hollywood and wider reach in the entertainment industry. Toshiba, on the other hand, does not have an in-house movie studio, nor does it have a gaming system that solely and natively supports HD-DVD playback, though the HD-DVD player for Microsoft's Xbox 360 can be purchased separately.

The European Commission appears to be most interested in why movie studios have generally accepted the Blu-ray standard over HD-DVD, wondering "whether improper tactics were used to suppress competition and persuade the studios to back [Sony's] format." There's no word on what the "improper tactics" might be, but it doesn't come as a surprise that the European Union's executive body is looking into the legitimacy of the format battle. After all, the Blu-ray standard is currently backed by Walt Disney, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Lions Gate Entertainment, and MGM. Compare this roster of backers to that of HD-DVD, which is backed solely by NBC Universal Pictures. The European Commission is likely looking into how and why five studios decided to back Blu-ray exclusively while only one exclusively backed HD-DVD. They may also be investigating why Blu-ray devices are typically priced much higher than their HD-DVD counterparts.

Sales haven't been strong for either format's players, though, as the WSJ also reports that only "105,000 homes have Blu-ray players, and about 150,000 have HD DVD players. An additional 1.5 million homes have PlayStation 3 devices… About 160,000 consumers have bought add-on devices for Xbox machines that allow them to play HD DVDs." Perhaps the ongoing European Commission investigation will shed more light into which new DVD format will win out in the future. With just 1.9 million devices sold with the ability to play the new format, it's clear that the public is waiting for a conclusion to the format battle.


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