National Geographic Makes Move to Blu-ray Exclusivity (UPDATED)

Posted Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 08:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
National Geographic [Logo] UPDATE: (12:25pm ET, January 30, 2008) Please note that this move to Blu-ray exclusivity covers films released under the "National Geographic Presents" shingle only. Films co-produced by National Geographic but distributed by other companies (such as Paramount's 'Arctic Tale') will be unaffected.

Warner's move to Blu-ray exclusivity has swayed yet another distribution partner to follow suit, with National Geographic confirming that it too will drop HD DVD support in favor of Blu-ray.

Distributed under the Warner umbrella along with New Line Home Entertainment, HBO Home Video and BBC Home Video, National Geographic had been format-neutral, releasing only one title thus far, 'Relentless Enemies,' on both Blu-ray and HD DVD.

Although the company says it has no plans to issue an official statement or press release, a spokesperson confirmed for us that moving forward, National Geographic will no longer release titles in the HD DVD format.

National Geographic's decision comes in the wake of moves by Warner subsidiaries New Line and HBO to shift to Blu-ray exclusivity. BBC is now the only Warner-distributed company to remain format-neutral.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
National Geographic: Relentless Enemies (Blu-ray)
National Geographic: Relentless Enemies (HD DVD)
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