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Submission + - EU Commission investigating BlueRay vs HD-DVD case (arstechnica.com)

C0deJunkie writes: "According to ArsTechnica and the WSJ, European Commission recently sent letters to Hollywood movie studios asking for communication records and agreements between the movie studios and HD-DVD and Blu-Ray DVD format representatives. The European Commission appears to be most interested in why movie studios have generally accepted the Blu-ray standard over HD-DVD, wondering "whether improper tactics were used to suppress competition and persuade the studios to back [Sony's] format."
There's no word on what the "improper tactics" might be, but European Commission is likely looking into how and why five studios (Walt Disney, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Lions Gate Entertainment, and MGM) decided to back Blu-ray exclusively while only one (NBC Universal Pictures) exclusively backed HD-DVD. They may also be investigating why Blu-ray devices are typically priced much higher than their HD-DVD counterparts."

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