In the Blu-ray/HD-DVD battle, it looks like the Blu-ray side has been the first to blink. Ryoji Chubachi, Sony’s president-elect, said at a news conference last week that he would be open to talking to the DVD Forum to merge Sony’s Blu-ray format with the Toshiba-developed and Forum-backed HD-DVD format.
“Listening to the voice of the consumers, having two rival formats is disappointing and we haven’t totally given up on the possibility of integration or compromise,” said Chubachi. The DVD Forum has not publicly responded or commented on Chubachi’s statement.
This is the second time Sony has lifted an olive branch in the general direction of HD-DVD. In January, executive deputy president Ken Kutaragi said a format war was not in the public interest and that Sony had not ruled out the possibility of uniting the formats.
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