20th Century Fox formally announced it will release content on the high-definition Blu-ray Disc format through its subsidiary 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Fox, which has been a vocal proponent for a renewable copy protection system in the next generation disc format, has been a member of the Blu-ray Disc Association board since October 2004, and remains a member of the DVD Forum. But the studio opted to hold back announcing a release commitment to either format until now.
The announcement gives the Blu-ray Disc camp a bigger edge in Hollywood Studio support just months before rival format HD DVD is playing to launch players based on its format in the United States.
In addition to Fox, Sony Pictures and Disney have also endorsed Blu-ray Disc. HD DVD, meanwhile, has the backing of Warner Bros., Paramount and NBC/Universal.
Fox did not indicate which titles or how many it would release at the time of the Blu-ray launch in North America, Japan and Europe, which is now slated for sometime in 2006. However, Fox did say its Blu-ray releases would include select movies and TV titles.