EU Asks Studios About Rival HD Formats

The European Commission has asked several Hollywood studios to explain why they have chosen either the Blu-ray disc or the HD DVD format for movie discs to see if they are breaking EU rules that bar companies from shutting out rivals. EU spokesman Jonathan Todd refused to name the companies and stressed that regulators were merely looking for information on how studios choose the technology format for their film releases and have not accused the companies of violating antitrust law. Todd said the EU was acting on its own initiative and had not received complaints to trigger the probe. The EU's executive arm has asked for replies by July 6.

The Walt Disney Company, News Corporation's 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures have released high-definition movies exclusively on Blu-ray while only General Electric Company's Universal Studios is exlusive to HD DVD. Time Warner Incorporated's Warner Bros. and Viacom Incorporated's Paramount Pictures are releasing movies in both formats.

News source: Physorg

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This is a pile of rubbish. Why are movies any different than games companies being paid by console makers to make a game exclusively for one system? Are the EU going to make exclusivity agreements illegal now?

Has it occurred to the EU that the studio's are releasing on one format only because they do not want to see a long protracted format war? Imagine if the EU had poked its nose in during the VHS/Betamax days. We'd still have betamax hanging around because apparently its unfair if a format fails.

Also Sony own or at least a large part of a number of the studio's that release on blu-ray only. Of course they will be blu-ray exclusive, else it'd be like shooting yourself in the foot.

For the poster above, I really don't want dual layer discs forced on anyone as instead of one good looking movie you end up with two subpar looking movies. No one really likes the dual DVD/HD-DVD format that warner have been pushing as they are overpriced for starters and have less HD-DVD layers.

The EU really shouldn't have this kind of power. The whole Microsoft thing was pushing it but this is just lame

Why did it never occur to them to ask why certain games are released exclusively for just one gaming platform, then?

Yay, now picture studios will be forced to release on both formats and this format war will continue for even longer than it needs to. Bad news, let Blu-Ray win already.

Eros said,
LOL

yep the collusion between sony and sony pictures... tsk tsk better get the EU regulators investigating why sony pictures is paid off by sony to use blu-ray :ponder:

i think you missed the point of this. the EU is trying to make sure that there isnt any under the table dealing going on here. Like if sony is paying all of them for the exclusives and making it impossible for anything to come out on hddvd.
They need to just put all of this crap to the side, and pick 1 universal media format, so that people dont have to keep waiting or wasting their money on all of this.

shakey said,
iThey need to just put all of this crap to the side, and pick 1 universal media format, so that people dont have to keep waiting or wasting their money on all of this.

It's my understanding that it's easy enough to make a disc that has Blu-ray on one side and HD-DVD on the other. And since these companies obviously aren't going to come to any agreement on merging formats, the EU can do a good thing this time by forcing all the movie studios to put out all movies for sale in Europe on dual-format discs.

Maybe if that happens, the studios will knock some sense into Toshiba and Sony and make them come to terms on this format-war BS. :mad:

yay more big companies to get rich off of. let's sue sue sue

you'd think only a person would be dumb enough to sue all the time for money but we've finally found a 'company' willing to do the same

wow where did i say they did this cause of complaints? i'm sure everyone should know by now how greedy the eu can get. what do you think they're gonna do if they find these companies 'breaking rules'? put em in time out?

adversedeviant said,
wow where did i say they did this cause of complaints? i'm sure everyone should know by now how greedy the eu can get. what do you think they're gonna do if they find these companies 'breaking rules'? put em in time out?

Breaking the rules is the same as breaking the law in this context. If someone is breaking a law, they'll have to pay for it in one way or another.
Choosing a format might be illegal. It all depends on why.
I'm with EU on this... I wonder why they choose one infront of the other.
I criticize the EU as much as I want to, since I'm a EU citizen.
If the a referendum would've been taking place this very moment, then I would've vote on the option that's the most anti-EU.

In Europe, fines are most often based on your income. The more money you make, the more you have to pay.
Money itself can not heal non-physical damages. The fine itself is punishment, not a source of income for the one who extradite.

The EU Parliament has been elected DIRECTLY by the citizens of EU states.
That means that I, as a Swedish citizen, can vote on one single Swedish politician who have been enlisted by their own party through popularity among the citizens and voting.
The EU Parliament then forms a Commission through voting, and can throw it over if they dislike it.

It's entirely different from US' crappy electoral system. Despotism hiding behind a Republic. Rotating Dictatorship.
I might even call the US a theocracy, "God Bless America".
"A government ruled by or subject to religious authority"

The EU is only intrested why... unlike many other politicians in countries such as the US who just shut up and don't raise their voice unless they've been paid to do so by a corporation.
EU wants to see if they have to raise their voice. We've chosen them to do things like this. Passive governing is just plain boring. EU money goes to poor farmers and other vital things in Poland and other countries suffering from bad governments in the past.

I don't go around bashing the US unless people like you provoke me.
Go bashing your own government instead. Your comment is just trolling.