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Sony launches BASE project to encourage BD title production

To support European market, where the HD household penetration is significantly lower than in the US and in Japan, Sony has decided to launch the BASE project – Blu-ray Authoring and Solution Europe.

A team based in Paris and dedicated to this project will be in charge of providing technical support to the European studios and Blu-ray Disc authoring facilities. Sony hopes that, with its specialists technology and knowledge of the BD format, the presence of the team will encourage European AV production companies and content providers to produce and release BD movie titles.

The team will be operational around autumn and coordinate between operations in the Japanese, North-American and European markets. Sylvain Antol, President of Sony France and Senior Vice President Engineering,
Manufacturing and Service Europe commented: “With this BASE project, Sony shows once again the importance given by Sony Group to the European market, on the one hand, and to the Blu-ray Disc and High Definition, on the other hand”.

For the coming years, the BASE team has ambitious objectives in terms of market penetration, to help establishing Blu-ray Disc authoring environment and increasing the number of exciting Blu-ray Disc titles in Europe.

Story filed 01.06.08

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