The New York Times and The Times Online (UK) are reporting that Viacom-owned Paramount has decided to release exclusively on HD-DVD hi-def optical discs. This is interesting because Blu-ray's BD+ offers much more robust security than AACS alone. The Times Online says, in part:
Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have dropped support for Sony’s Blu-ray next generation DVD format in a shock move that will see the two studios exclusively use Toshiba’s rival HD-DVD system.
Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, the media giant, previously released movies in both Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Significantly, it cited HD-DVD's cheaper costs as a decisive factor behind its decision to back it.
The Keiretsu wars continue. Stay Tuned.