Europe Steps Up Probe of New DVD Formats

In a move that could be key to determining the future of home cinema, European antitrust regulators are stepping up their probe into possible anticompetitive practices in the format war over high-definition DVDs.

Hollywood's studios are racing to dig up files, emails and records of telephone conversations related to the competing Blu-ray and HD DVD formats after the European Commission sent out letters last month demanding evidence of their communications and agreements on the new generation of DVD formats.


"According to sources “familiar with the situation,” cited by the Journal, investigators seem particularly interested in statements made by some Blu-ray executives at the Consumer Electronics Show in January regarding certain studios’ exclusivity to Blu-ray.

In their formal request to one studio, the Journal reports, investigators sought information about the studios’ decision to release movies exclusively on Blu-ray and not on HD DVD. The request also asked for records of any communications regarding both formats with certain “individuals associated with Blu-ray.”

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CyberSentinel3882d ago (Edited 3882d ago )

SCEA President Jack Tretton told PSM in the latest issue:

"We have a very different approach to exclusives than some of our competitors. We don't buy exclusivity. We don't fund development. We don't, for lack of a better term, bribe somebody to only do a game on our platform. We earn it..."

I guess that doesn't apply to what Sony REALLY cares about, blu-ray.

Wake Up Lemmings.

@1.1: I'm not the one with the TOY icon, dude, YOU are.
Do you have some fascination with children and death?
Hmm...maybe you might want to keep a low profile, if you know what I mean.

@3: Don't Hate, Look At The Date.

@1.3: Lame comeback, try harder.

Updated: You and Your icon are both toy.

@1.4: Guess what fool, Microsoft isn't in the motion picture business.

News Flash: This isn't about MS.

@5: Bubble for you.

dodgefate3882d ago

Dude do you have no life an just sit around an b!tch about other consoles cause you have nothing to do or play?

An what the hell is with you an "Lemmings" are you like 5 years old or something how about you pick something a little older like barney, oh wait he to old for you also?

calderra3882d ago

Heh. That's a laughable quote regardless- how many series (FF, GTA) do we KNOW that Sony has tried to buy exclusivity for?

Slightly more on topic: I still don't care about the DVD war. Regular ol' DVDs, anyone? Yes, please.

dodgefate3882d ago (Edited 3882d ago )

"I'm not the one with the TOY icon, dude, YOU are.
Do you have some fascination with children and death?
Hmm...maybe you might want to keep a low profile, if you know what I mean."

A toy icon, is that really all can say??

I would really like to see this death bunny as a toy (I would buy it) but sorry to hurt your feelings but there is no death bunny toy. ;)

Updated: it's not a come back, I was stating you are trying to hard an getting no where an that my icon isn't a toy. ;)

Mycococo3882d ago

you say nothing about microsoft buying peoples souls left and right but you have a problem with sony getting blue-ray exclusivity in hollywood. news flash sony has a lot of power in hollywood and i am sure these studeos were more than happy to go exclusive with another company in the biz rather than microsoft!

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ngoniko3882d ago

it's nerd talk on, don't ever go there. Fanboys there are running wild without a leash on there.

ALI G3882d ago (Edited 3882d ago )

someone been sleeping for the past 10 months, just wake up and posted this news.hah and it been for over 2weeks in engadget.

EDIT: 1 disagree who could it be....who could it be...ah ..the person who just wake up

EDIT: DO not miss with the one who just wake up because you will lose 3 bubbles

Lord Anubis3882d ago

amusing how the sentinel that updated the story did not post the entire quote instead a selective part, but I'm not surprised.

The HD DVD camp has been lobbying the commission to draw attention to Blu-ray's tactics in the movie capital in a bid to force more studios to put their product on HD DVD, according to people familiar with the situation. One issue the Commission has raised with some studios is statements made at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas about the exclusivity of studios to Blu-ray, according to people familiar with the situation.

cdzie13882d ago

You force gamers to buy a Blu-ray player when they by a PS3 (whether they want it or not) and now there is talk of shady behind the scenes deals with movie studios. You just couldn’t fight fair.

Let’s not forget that Sony wanted more of the royalties, thus choosing not to unite formats, and the reason we have a high def format war today.

I hope PS3 & Blu-ray fail and Sony’s greed will be what killed them in the end.

funkysolo3882d ago

OH, no he didn't oh yes I did Biaaach

masterg3882d ago

Thank god Sony had the balls to add Blu-ray.
Without it us gamers would be stuck with a half next gen console.

BIadestarX3882d ago

"Thank god Sony had the balls to add Blu-ray." why sony? you didn't get it for free? Any idea why the wii cost $250 and the PS3 is $600? tip: Blu-ray Drive... If anything I would say... Sony fans are the ones with the balls... for being willing to pay $600!... to sony it was an easy call.... they want to push blu-ray... and buy adding it to the PS3 and forcing people to support it.. it would give blu-ray the advantage... and it worked!
If the PS3 would not come with blu-ray... do you have any idea where blu-ray would be in terms of intallbase and industry support?

cartman3133881d ago

PS1 CD, PS2 DVD, PS3 Blu-Ray. Get used to it dip$hit. Unless of course you're willing to buy a half a$$ed console with cheap parts.

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