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Best Buy to Favour Blu-ray Disc?

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



bestbuy.jpgWe read over at StreetInsider.com that Best Buy is taking a step forward in addressing consumer confusion about high-definition formats.

Beginning in early March, the leading consumer electronics retailer will prominently showcase Blu-ray hardware and software products in its Best Buy retail and online channels in the United States.

"Consumers have told us that they want us to help lead the way. We’ve listened to our customers, and we are responding. Best Buy will recommend Blu-ray as the preferred format," said Brian Dunn, Best Buy’s president and chief operating officer.

Dunn continued, "Best Buy has always believed that the customer will benefit from a widely-accepted single format that would offer advantages such as product compatibility and expanded content choices. Because we believe that Blu-ray is fast emerging as that single format, we have decided to focus on Blu-ray products."

The company noted that it will continue to carry an assortment of HD DVD products for customers who desire to purchase these products.

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9 Responses to “Best Buy to Favour Blu-ray Disc?”

  1. Merrick97 on February 11th, 2008 2:37 pm

    Warner was the beginning of the end. This is the middle of the end.

    Universal and/or Paramount WILL be the end.

    Its coming and soon!!

  2. Tim on February 11th, 2008 2:42 pm

    For anyone getting into the HD market right now, Blu-ray IS the obvious choice.

    If you’re too frugal to spend $400 on a player, it’s not a good idea to invest in a $150 HD DVD player, because it’s not a good long-term investment (you do still get 7 free HD movies, though, which averages out to about $21.50 each, so maybe it is a good deal after all).

    This is a good move for Best Buy.

  3. Mi on February 11th, 2008 2:43 pm

    Funny, I think of the good will that Circuit City could have generated (and desperately needs) by being the first to move away from HDVD and to help end consumer confusion, by continuing their clearance sale. Guess BB trumps them again.

    In any event, good to see the heavy hitter desiring an end to the format war as well.

    Hey Paramount, want to win my love back? Pull the plug on this dying format!

  4. Chris on February 11th, 2008 3:57 pm

    Once again best buy proves it is nothing but a large puppet pulled by larger puppets strings. This whole format war has bottled down to money. plain and simple. If the same titles were released on both formats it would be an actual war, but it seems like the war is who has the larger bank account.

  5. Mehar on February 11th, 2008 4:47 pm

    Well atleast HD DVD isn’t phased out, this really won’t work because people will walk down the dvd isle tothe HD are and still see 2 formats.

  6. Belard on February 11th, 2008 5:50 pm

    I find it silly….

    Most people have to spend $1500~2500 for a good 1080P LCD HD-TV… And they are going to cry about spending $300~400 for a blu-ray player?

    Remember folks, until 1-2 weeks ago, typical Toshiba Prices were $250~300 for the A3. At $150… it hasn’t seen a change in market share… by much.

    Chris: Its always about the money.

  7. Belard on February 11th, 2008 6:05 pm

    OOPS!!

    It’s always about the money…

    Paramount went to HD-DVD because of a publicly known $150 payout. Warner and other studios went to Blu because more people were buying the movies WORLD-WIDE. The movie 300 was proof of that… so many more people bought the BR version. Had Paramount stayed neutral when Transformers came out – it would have looked even worse for HD-DVD.

    Do you think that Toshiba is selling its players for $300, then $200 and now about $100 because THEY LOVE THEIR CUSTOMERS? Er, no. They dropped the price to compete. yes, Blu-Ray made it possible for people to buy players for $200 and less.

    Toshiba is selling HD-DVD players at a loss. They are NOT making money on any player sold. Worse, it’s actually costing them money for every player sold! The “free” movies, pay-outs etc = painful loses.

    And remember, ther are still deals of *FREE* BR players with HD-DVD TVs to compete with.

    Spending $2000 for a 50~60″ TV… if they doesn’t hurt. Those same customers are not going to buy HD-DVD to save $150 or so… with limited movie choices. And remember, people who buy a brand name TV tend to prefer the same brand player to go with that TV.

  8. Dave Cowl on February 11th, 2008 6:35 pm

    While I can easily imagine the studio decisions being based on payouts, I think that these latest announcements are due to the industry wanting to reduce the overhead associated with HD Media.

    I heard that Warner was under pressure from the retailers to pick a side and allow shelf space reduction for their product. You may recall their ill fated disc with HD DVD on one side and BD on the other, which would have achieved the same goal.

    In the first 18 months, studios and retailers were willing to take losses to see how things played out. 2008 that is over. It is reality check time and the choices are being made to create a viable future for HD Media – not one based on loss leading and too much shelf space and resources given the revenue streams.

  9. Belard on February 12th, 2008 4:03 pm

    Pretty much agreed.

    It was silly for anyone to think that there was room for both formats. Like people treating this like DVD+ vs DVD-. (Considering nowadays, that media does use more shelf space than it should)

    As long as the two simular formats were in production (BR / HD) costs were going to always remain high. The $15~20 HiDef movies would take far longer to come out. Production lines split between two formats… issues of BR being about 40% more space, means re-mastering issues for smaller HD-DVD and of course another team to write the MENU/UI menu (JAVA vs MS-HDi[XML basicly] which is used in the Xb0x360) – Logistics for two formats from the factory to the store and finally the customer meant higher costs for no valid reason.

    The DVD was never at war with VHS as a few people have said. DVD was the replacement that took years… of course the good thing about both HDM formats is the compatiblity with DVD. (VHS decks generally don’t play DVDs… hehe)

    Yeah, the Hybrid disc (Total HD)was an interesting idea… but I think the cost of production would have been far worse than the hybrid HD-DVD/DVD media… Perhaps $40 for a single disc title… which would have mean lower sales. Which would you buy: $25 BR disc, or $40 hybrid disc? Also, would these discs be stocked on both BR and HD-DVD sections (= wasted space) does the box come in purple?

    I think I predicted March-April when things start really getting bad for HD-DVD when the WB jump happened… Is there a dead-pool site for this?

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