The companies of the HD DVD Promotional Group today issued a statement in response to the decision by Warner Home Video to exclusively back the Blu-ray format:

"While Warner's decision is a setback for HD DVD, the consumer has benefited from HD DVD's commitment to quality and affordability -- a bar that is critical for the mainstream success of any format. We believe widespread adoption of a next generation format will ultimately be determined by the consumer."

Now that Warner Bros. has decided to go 100% Blu-ray with all of their titles (which include releases from New Line Cinema, HBO and tons of other independent studios), Blu-ray has garnered more than 70% of of the studio support, leaving the HD DVD camp in the dust. In addition, last month saw the Blu-ray Association start to support the release of adult movies in the hi-def format, a factor that HD DVD was counting on to become victorious in the format war. Obviously now, HD DVD is officially starting to lose the battle.

Brian B. at Movieweb
Brian B.