Paramount Home Entertainment and Universal Studios have joined other major film studios, abandoning support for HD DVD in favour of Blu-Ray.

Paramount Home Entertainment revealed its plans within an exclusive statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday: "We are pleased that the industry is moving to a single high-definition format, as we believe it is in the best interest of the consumer," the statement reads. "As we look to (begin) releasing our titles on Blu-ray, we will monitor consumer adoption and determine our release plans accordingly."

Universal Studios on Tuesday also abandoned support for HD DVD in favour of the competing Blu-Ray format.

The studio's moves to abandon the failed high definition video format followed Warner's shock dismissal of support for it in January, and Toshiba's recent revelation that it is to cease manufacture of HD DVD players.

Moves by major DVD retailers, Wal-Mart in the US and Woolworths in the UK also witness the industry finally settling the long - and confusing - battle to define the future high definition format. Both retailers have confirmed plans to cease sales of titles in HD DVD in order to focus on Blu-Ray.

The end of the fight is likely to spur sales of Blu-Ray players and films, as consumers have been shy to invest in either format while the battle for supremacy takes place.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (along with MGM Home Entertainment), Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video (including distributed labels New Line Home Entertainment, BBC Video and HBO Video) and Lionsgate already support Blu-ray.