Honestly, I suspect that Weinstein will come over next. Then Universal will go neutral in short order.
At that point, if the escape clauses exist, I suspect one of them might well be, "If the format gets below a certain threshold, then they can be released from their contract," because no company would agree to blindly and completely release only for that format for the predetermined period without there being some kind of benchmark as to when the format would be considered toast.
I just can't see Paramount agreeing to that. They had to have some requirements for HD DVD to continue to be considered a viable format. If everyone else went Blu-ray, I have to believe Paramount would have its out.
I still hope that Toshiba puts a nail in this HD DVD coffin at CES. Their statements in press releases today give me hope that they will end the format war on their own terms, which would be best for all. Releasing Paramount and Universal to come over and restore the industry to one format and begin the long process of earning the consumer's trust after two long years of bickering.