Paramount and DreamWorks plump for HD-DVD.

Toshiba reveals two Hollywood studios will exclusively support HD-DVD format on worldwide basis

Toshiba, one of the manufacturers supporting the HD-DVD high definition video format (along with the likes of Sanyo, Thomson and Microsoft, among others) is obviously very pleased Hollywood studios Paramount and DreamWorks Animation SKG have plumped exclusively to support its HD-DVD format for upcoming worldwide movie releases.

However, for us, the poor consumer left to buy the stuff, it simply further amplifies the inevitable format wars that are bound to ensue (a la Betemax and VHS) between the two competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD high definition systems. One format's disc will not play on the others player! However, standard DVD playback is supported by both systems.

Blu-ray is suported by the likes of Sony, Apple, Sharp, Pioneer, Philips and Samsung (which also supports HD-DVD), Sharp, Sony, HP, Dell, Apple and TDK, among others. In other words there are some big guns out there, ready to let fly.

Best4Reviews' advice, particularly if you simply must get onto the high def' bandwagon... Buy a dual format player starting to hit the market such as LG's BH100, which we'll be testing soon, so watch this space.

From the press release:

Toshiba Welcomes Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation’s Decision to Extend Exclusive Support to the HD DVD Format

Toshiba Corporation welcomes the August 20 announcement from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG that they will exclusively support the HD DVD format on a worldwide basis.

“We welcome the announcement from Paramount and DreamWorks Animation SKG,” said Yoshihide Fujii, Corporate Senior Vice President and President & CEO of Toshiba’s Digital Media Network Company. “It is clearly significant that Paramount, which originally released titles in multiple HD formats, has now made the definitive selection of HD DVD as the sole format for its worldwide releases.

DreamWorks Animation’s decision to introduce high-definition releases, and to do so exclusively in the HD DVD format, is also an important milestone for HD DVD. I understand that these decisions reflect Paramount and DreamWorks Animation’s understanding of the present value and future potential that HD DVD brings to home entertainment, including cost-effective manufacturability and advanced features.”