RESEARCHER PREDICTS HIGH-DEF STALEMATE

LONDON - The battle between two high-definition DVD formats may end in a stalemate that proves frustrating and detrimental to retailers.In a new report, media research firm Screen Digest here predicts that the two formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray, will most likely coexist until an affordable dual-format solution emerges.This outcome is a headache for retailers who will "have to stock up on three SKUs for

LONDON - The battle between two high-definition DVD formats may end in a stalemate that proves frustrating and detrimental to retailers.

In a new report, media research firm Screen Digest here predicts that the two formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray, will most likely coexist until an affordable dual-format solution emerges.

This outcome is a headache for retailers who will "have to stock up on three SKUs for every title if they are to provide consumers with all the options," Helen Da

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