The DVD Forum, the committee in charge of developing specifications for the DVD format, has announced provisional approval for three video technologies for the next generation of DVD support. The group has endorsed the Microsoft Windows Media Video (WMV) 9.0 format, H.264, and MPEG-2 as mandatory for players that will support HD-DVD video.
The move, if formally approved, will be a huge victory for Microsoft's efforts to expand support for its media formats. Publishers of next-generation HD-DVDs will be able to select either WMV, H.264, or MPEG-2 (the current format used by DVDs) when authoring high-definition video discs. HD-DVD is competing with Blu-ray technology to replace current-generation DVDs and offer additional storage capacity.