Three major studios -- Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros. -- will be releasing films on Toshiba/NEC/Sanyo's high definition (HD) DVD format over the next few years.

Three major studios -- Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros. -- will be releasing films on Toshiba/NEC/Sanyo's high definition (HD) DVD format over the next few years.

Aside from Sony, which is one of the developers of the competing HD format Blu-ray, these are the first studios to announce support for one of the next-generation DVD formats.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment will be issuing select titles on HD DVD in the fourth quarter of 2005, which is when Toshiba will launch its first HD DVD player/recorder in the United States. Paramount Home Entertainment says it will release new and catalog titles on HD DVD starting in 2006. Warner Home Video and its sister division New Line Home Entertainment have not announced specific HD DVD release schedules.