Retailers Adjust High-Def Space

Posted by Dave Cowl on January 18, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Retailers

fye.jpgWe see that Video Business is reporting that some retailers, including FYE will be dedicating more space to Blu-ray Disc than HD DVD in the wake of the Warner announcement.

Also, in the coming months, FYE plans to order only select, key new releases on HD DVD, while continuing to take in most new BD releases.

Other retailers like Best Buy say that they have no plans to change their mix, but are keeping customers informed about changes like Warner’s decision to drop HD DVD later in 2008.

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8 Responses to “Retailers Adjust High-Def Space”

  1. Mi on January 18th, 2008 3:31 pm

    It makes perfect sense. FYE doesn’t sell hardware, so they don’t need to put on any airs. Best buy and Circuit City etc are in terror over the thought that thousands of people could be returning their HDVD players within the 30 days of Christmas. I would expect we’ll see space shifting elsewhere after the 26th or so of January.

  2. The Guardian on January 18th, 2008 5:34 pm

    At Future Shops in Canada I’ve seen at least 7 or more returned A3′s open box around the stores, and I’ve been to at least 3 or 4 stores. The retailers want the war to end but I’m sure they’d prefer it to last at least until February to avoid more Christmas returns.

  3. Dave Cowl on January 18th, 2008 6:37 pm

    I think in general people are not aware of the studios and their policies. That, and stock already at stores, is one reason that the Paramount move didn’t change much of anything up until Transformers was released. The retailers really have little incentive to move quickly following the Warner announcement…

  4. Mi on January 18th, 2008 7:52 pm

    I would disagree, if only o the extent that the retailers want to say ‘come on in hd consumers, the waters fine’ and start to let consumers know it’s safe to buy into Blu-Ray with full confidence at this point.

  5. Mechahumano on January 19th, 2008 7:19 am


    I thought that one of the reasons that Blu-Ray has such a big advantage was because they take more space at stores than HD DVD.

    This ain’t news, it just… Friday.

  6. Jonsson on January 20th, 2008 12:07 am

    Excellent news and of course a logical coice. Let’s hope that this can further persudade those moorons at Paramount and Universal to end this useless war.

  7. John Dough on January 20th, 2008 10:22 am

    Did Video Business also bother to inform us of the other shrinkage news on 1/18 at FYE? They’re shutting down 30% of their distribution centers and several stores. You would think that they’d be thinking of other things than the “format war.” Why do they still sell UMD movies and DVD-Audio/SACD?

  8. DavidB on January 20th, 2008 4:04 pm

    My local FYE’s (Wash DC suburbs) don’t have specific “shelf space” for either. :(

    All their hd discs of either format or on a single shelf behind the checkout counter, and all you can see are the package spines. Sad really, andno surprise they don’t seem to sell many. Store staffers even initally scratched their haeds when I asked where their “hi def” discs were. They had to ask the manager.

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