According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Home Video is close to finalizing a deal to support Blu-ray Disc, sources close to the negotiations said Wednesday. The No. 1 DVD supplier would become the second major studio this week to say it will publish content on the Sony-developed next-generation optical disc format. But like Paramount Home Entertainment, which made a similar promise Sunday, Warner won't abandon its commitment to release titles on the rival HD DVD format, as well, sources said.
Previously, Warner, Paramount and Universal Studios Home Entertainment had said they would release titles on HD DVD, albeit on a nonexclusive basis. If the Warner deal goes through, the scorecard would stand at five of the six majors committing to release product on Blu-ray and three saying they will release product on HD DVD. Of those three, only Universal has not yet announced for Blu-ray.