Best Buy Named Leading High-Def Retailer

Posted by Dave Cowl on February 11, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Retailers

bestbuy.jpgPerhaps adding some relevance to this story below, Video Business is reporting that Best Buy is the top High Def retailer.

The article states that Best Buy is selling more Blu-ray and HD DVD titles than even Wal-mart, the king of DVD sales, according to NPD.

Wal-Mart carries a third-place share of the high-definition software
market, followed by Circuit City and Target. sits in second.

Best Buy is far in front. and the rest are mostly clustered together for the second through fifth spots.

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7 Responses to “Best Buy Named Leading High-Def Retailer”

  1. Tim on February 11th, 2008 5:09 pm

    The only time I buy at BB is when they have massive discounts off of their regular prices. $30 for a movie is a bit much.

  2. Dave Cowl on February 11th, 2008 5:26 pm

    Actually I agree. I am typically an Amazon guy.

    It is really interesting to me that the world \’we\’ live in is still small compared to the \’real\’ world where people walk into stores and buy stuff.

    Even for HD Media, which you would think is mostly owned by the technically competent…?Do you think that HD Downloads will make much of an impact given this basic truth? 

  3. Belard on February 11th, 2008 5:47 pm

    NO. HD Downloads are not. It would take HOURS to download 50GB of data to match that of a blue-ray disc.

    Also… when you factor in the cost of STORAGE on your HD. That $5 Downloaded movie will eat about $5~10 worth of Hard Drive space! Then what if you want to watch it in another room? or watch it at a friends house? Downloaded movies are DRM to work on your PC or set-top box (Xbox360/appleTV, etc) ONLY…

    What will replace BLu-Ray will happen in about 5 years when FlashMemory becomes cheap enough.

  4. Dave Cowl on February 11th, 2008 6:30 pm

    I agree that Flash cards or the like will be the next generation.

    We see this feature already on some Blu-ray players (the ability to source AVCHD from SDHC cards).

  5. rz on February 11th, 2008 8:01 pm

    I agree, I think blu ray will be the last truly successful optical disk for the consumer market, at least at this form factor. They’ve had a pretty good run though- I bought my first two compact disks (AC/DC Back in Black and Pink Floyd Dark side of the Moon) in 1983- 25 years ago! It’ll see another 5 good years, I think, before the next big techs are at a point to render it obsolete.

  6. Ralph on February 12th, 2008 8:24 am

    I find this article hard to believe. Best Buy marks up their products rediculously. In my opinion It’s Amazon thats the leader. How can a store that charges upwards of 30 bucks for a single disc, compete with Amazon and their everday low prices and their two for one deals, plus free shipping and NO sales tax?

    Dont trust those numbers.

  7. Belard on February 13th, 2008 6:37 am

    1 – That is what you do… buy stuff online
    2 – Not everyone does what yo do.
    3 – I buy stuff online and B&M… sometimes, FRY’s Store sells some stuff CHEAPER than newegg online.
    4 – BB sells online as well.

    Amazon is a far better book selling company than an electronics store.

    I’d like to see some postings show sales of hardware units… like when HD-DVD went down below 2000 units sold in a week.

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