Somehow in the Australian alternate universe iTWire occupies , a quote from Universal Studios Home Entertainment president Craig Kornblau citing early review victories
and positive consumer reaction in the press release for HD DVD's promotional event at CEDIA 2006
is a death blow to rival format Blu-ray. To them, the mere force of his words have done what Universal Studios' exclusive support of HD DVD has not, settled the format war and sent Blu-ray packing. For some reason, they are surprised that a Universal exec is coming out in support of HD DVD, although Kornblau has gone public with his support before
. They also paint a misleading picture where all of the studios were behind Blu-ray before and go on to name only the studios supporting HD DVD now. This time last year, we were watching Paramount
and Warner Bros
. go from only supporting HD DVD to supporting both formats, not to mention Sony Pictures and Fox staying exclusively Blu-ray. While some of us at HDBeat have chosen sides
, all would likely agree it's just a bit early to be proclaiming a "death blow" based on shoddy reporting and verbal support.
[Thanks, Tyler & Joystiq