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EU investigates new DVD Formats

by on03 July 2007


European antitrust regulators are investigating anticompetitive practices in the format war over high-definition DVDs.

Commission investigators have sent out letters last month demanding evidence of their communications and agreements on the new generation of DVD formats.The Wall Street Journal claims that Blu-ray, with its dominance in Hollywood, is especially coming under the microscope.

Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for the commission, said that the EU is concerned that the studios in mid-June trying to establish whether they have restrictive agreements to use one or the other of the standards.

While the HD camp has been offering lower-priced machines, the Blu-ray camp has gained the upper hand in Hollywood.

HD DVD supporters have been lobbying the commission to draw attention to Blu-ray's tactics.

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