Format wars all but over: Sony won

The high-definition DVD war may be over as Paramount is set to choose Sony’s Blu-ray format. Earlier in the week, Warner announced that it was going to release its catalogue on Blu-ray, which analysts say pretty much spells the demise of HD-DVD.

In my opinion, what really tipped the balance in favour of Blu-ray is the console wars. PS3 comes with built-in Blu-ray support, while Microsoft has refused to adopt HD-DVD in the Xbox 360. With the Sony console gaining a bit of momentum thanks to games like Assassin’s Creed, it was only a matter of time for the studios to finally choose.

This war has been tipped as a re-telling of the VHS v Beta format struggle, a period of time that gave us the famous case of Sony v Universal. Ahhh! Those were the times when men were men, women were women, and small furry animals turned nasty if you fed them after midnight.

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