In a further sign that Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray has won the high-definition format war, Paramount Pictures home entertainment unit said Feb. 29 that it will release its last HD DVD titles on March 4.
The company intends to switch to Blu-ray after it offers “Things We Lost in the Fire” and “Into the Wild” in HD DVD.
Paramount said it is in the process of determining its Blu-ray release schedule. Universal Studios said earlier in February that it was shifting its focus to Sony’s Blu-ray standard.
That announcement came after Toshiba Corp. said it would no longer develop, make or market players and recorders in HD DVD, the standard it invented.
Blu-ray won another key battle last month when Warner Bros. Entertainment chose it as the exclusive format for its releases.
Other Blu-ray backers are Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Co. and News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox.
Paramount is a division of Viacom Inc.