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'Dirty' Microsoft accused of hobbling Blu-ray

Director says Microsoft wants downloads war

A Hollywood director claims Microsoft wants both the Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats to fail so it can muscle in on next-generation film downloads.

Michael Bay - director of Transformers and Armageddon - was asked by a visitor to his website why his films were being released on HD-DVD rather than Blu-ray, which the user said was more popular in the UK due to its inclusion in Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) console.

"What you don't understand is corporate politics," replied Bay. "Microsoft wants both formats to fail so they can be heroes and make the world move to digital downloads. That is the dirty secret no one is talking about."

Not stopped there, Bay added that Microsoft is handing out $100m dollar checks to studios which embrace HD-DVD and not the "superior" Blu Ray. "They want confusion in the market until they perfect the digital downloads," he said. "Time will tell and you will see the truth."


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