“So, it likely came with great interest to potential users when Ryoji Chubachi, Sony’s president-elect, said recently that Sony is open to the idea of compromise on high-definition video disc formats. The sentiment was repeated last week when another Sony executive, speaking at a company event in France, said the company is open to discussions with the rival HD-DVD camp to avoid a format war. On both occasions, the executives said they had consumer interests at heart.
But late last week, a Sony spokesman ruled out any compromise over Blu-ray Disc. The only talks that Sony would entertain were those of the HD-DVD supporters dropping their format and supporting Blu-ray Disc, said Taro Takamine, a Sony spokesman in Tokyo.”
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