When Warner announced at CES that it would support
Blu-ray Disc exclusively this summer, many assumed that all partners of the
studio would also follow suit. Both New
Line and HBO
have followed Warner’s lead, but BBC Home Video decided to stand its ground as a
format neutral company.
In response to an inquiry from website TV
Shows on DVD, BBC Home Video said it will continue to support both
formats for the time being, and “will evaluate the marketplace before
committing to one format.”
Perhaps the most convincing reason for BBC Home Video to support
both formats is its strong sales of high-definition nature documentary Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series.
According to the report, more copies of Planet
Earth sold on HD DVD than on Blu-ray Disc, giving BBC Home Video a very
specific reason to continue its support of HD DVD.
BBC Home Video also has four upcoming high-definition
releases in the works for both formats for 2008, giving the company ample opportunity
to evaluate the marketplace.