Final nail gets hammered into HD-DVD coffin

It seem that the final blow to HD-DVD is almost here, according to Financial Times it might come as a result of Paramount leaving HD-DVD only camp like the Warner Home Videos just did.

… Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, is understood to have a clause in its contract with the HD-DVD camp that would allow it to switch sides in the event of Warner backing Blu-ray, according to people familiar with the situation.

It is a bit sad that the war ends in such a way without concessions from the Blu-Ray camp like removing everybody hated region locking. I really thought that this was the thing of the past, apparently not. I also wanted somewhat more relaxed rights to copy movies (transcode on my own) for use in portable gadgets like my Nokia N800 without getting a DVD and putting it into DivX or MPEG 4 AVC/H.264. In addition to that I want SONY to relax license fees from the media producers like Ritek and CMC, so that they can drive of the blank media somewhat down.

Good bye HD-DVD, I did not think it would be over so soon.

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