According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hewlett-Packard, a major supporter of the Blu-ray Disc format, late Wednesday said it has issued a formal appeal to the Blu-ray Disc Assn. to include two new technologies, iHD and Managed Copy, as part of its format specifications. Both technologies are already part of the specs for Toshiba's HD-DVD format, which is vying with Sony's Blu-ray Disc to become the next-generation, high-definition optical disc standard.

"The move reflects HP's desire to ensure that customers are not forced to choose between competing HD formats for DVDs," the company said.

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