Jimmy Hsu, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DigiTimes [Monday 7 January 2008]
In response to Warner Bros. Entertainment's January 4 press release that it has decided to release its high-definition disc titles exclusively in Blu-ray Disc (BD) format beginning later this year, leading Taiwan-based optical disc drive (ODD) makers generally hold the opinion that Warner Bros.' support could be a key factor in deciding the battle between BD and HD DVD in favor of BD.
Lite-On IT, BenQ, Asustek Computer and Quanta Storage, leading Taiwan-based makers of PC-use ODDs, have offered BD-ROM drives, BD burners and BD Combo drives but have not yet offered models supporting HD DVD formats, implying their choice between BD and HD DVD, the sources pointed out.
Lite-On IT and Philips have set up a joint venture, Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions, in Taiwan and Lite-On IT is to support BD because Philips is a charter member of the BD Association, the sources indicated. Asustek has maintained cooperation with Pioneer while Quanta Storage has formed a technological alliance with Sony, meaning the two Taiwan-based makers are unlikely to support HD DVD because Pioneer and Sony belong to the BD group