BBC to Continue Dual-Format Support

Posted Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 10:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
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Warner's switch to Blu-ray exclusivity will not sway its distribution partner BBC Home Video from its dual-format stance.

That's word from from a company spokesperson, who late yesterday told that the BBC will continue its format-agnostic strategy for the time being, and that they "will evaluate the marketplace before committing to one format."

The company cited the stellar sales of its 'Planet Earth' box set (whose HD DVD version has outsold the Blu-ray) as added reasoning behind the decision, as well as an upcoming line-up of multiple (but as yet unannounced) high-def titles it has planned for both formats in 2008.

The BBC's decision to stay put come in the wake of moves made last week by Warner subsidiaries New Line and HBO to shift to Blu-ray exclusivity. The 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)
Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (Blu-ray)
Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (HD DVD)
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