Fox Backs Blu-ray DVD Technology

Fox on Monday announced that it would use next-generation DVD technology Blu-ray for future releases of television shows, films, and other titles.

The announcement marks yet another big win for the nascent format, and puts rival HD-DVD in a tough spot as more and more Hollywood studios back the Sony-created technology.

However, some analysts suggest that each format has its advantages, and it will likely be a result of which one the consumer picks in the end rather than the amount of endorsements a particular technology may have.

The group behind Toshiba-designed HD-DVD, however, was quick to downplay claims by Fox that Blu-ray offers superior protection against the copying of DVD discs.

"(The) announcement by 20th Century Fox regarding its support of the Blu-ray Disc format is surprising and misleading in terms of which format provides for more robust copy protection," a group of HD-DVD backers said in a statement.

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