PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2005--In order to provide consumers with the best possible high-definition experience, HP (NYSE:HPQ - News; Nasdaq:HPQ - News) today announced it will support the HD-DVD high-definition DVD format, in addition to the Blu-ray Disc format, and join the HD-DVD Promotions Group.
Previously, HP supported the Blu-ray Disc format exclusively. The company had requested the Blu-ray Disc Association adopt two customer-friendly technologies, Mandatory Managed Copy and iHD, which are already included in the HD-DVD format.
Only Mandatory Managed Copy, which permits consumers to make legal copies of video content, was formally adopted by the association. iHD, which allows content providers to offer greater interactivity on next-generation DVDs and helps ensure a more compelling user experience when recording HDTV programs or moving digital content throughout the home, was not approved for launch.
I still think Microsoft has been putting a lot of pressure on them. They would have made a ton of money through licensing fees if the BDA would have implemented iHD.