According to The Hollywood Reporter, in a move insiders say might end a format war before any hardware or software even hits the market, Paramount Home Entertainment on Sunday announced its support of the Blu-ray Disc format. While the studio has not backed down from its commitment to release titles on HD-DVD, Blu-ray now counts four of the six major studios in its camp -- Paramount, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Buena Vista Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment -- along with Lions Gate Entertainment.
Warner Home Video and Universal Studios Home Entertainment are the last majors still only in the HD DVD camp, and Warner may be next to jump ship, sources speculate. In a press release last week from Microsoft and Intel in which the two computer giants voiced their support for HD-DVD, only Paramount and Universal were listed as studio supporters. Warner was conspicuously absent.