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Wal-mart to Phase Out HD DVD

Posted by Dave Cowl on February 15, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, HD DVD, Retailers



walmart.jpgWe read over at Check Out Blog today that Wal-mart is moving to phase out HD DVD and to carry Blu-ray Discs and DVDs only.

The move will be reportedly in place by June 2008.

According to the recent NPD report, Wal-mart is the third largest seller of HD Media in the USA.

Check Out Blog claims to be "Dedicated to bringing you the latest in gadgets, green, gaming, and more, Check Out is written by a group of expert Wal-Mart Associates." – so while informal, this would seem to be a fairly official word from Wal-mart.

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12 Responses to “Wal-mart to Phase Out HD DVD”

  1. The Guardian on February 15th, 2008 9:29 am

    How much longer will Toshiba, Universal and Paramount pretend that the world is not blue?

  2. Felix on February 15th, 2008 9:34 am

    @ Dave Cowl: the move starting now, we’ll see some shift in 30 days, and it ends by June.

    http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/15/technology/wal-mart_blu-ray/index.htm?postversion=2008021511

    Wal-Mart said it would continue selling HD-DVD products, but over the next 30 days, customers will see a significant shift in emphasis to Blu-ray in both brick-and-mortar stores and online.

  3. Jesterrace on February 15th, 2008 9:47 am

    I guess it must be with their sheer volume of stores. Has anyone seen their high-def sections? Pretty pathetic at best. I just find it funny that they are considered the 3rd largest seller when they have maybe 50 titles between both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray at their “Supercenters”

  4. Dave Cowl on February 15th, 2008 10:18 am

    Perhaps that is the aspect that is going to change…

    Perhaps this is also why Best Buy is the number one seller of HD Media even with their higher prices.

  5. Juan on February 15th, 2008 11:39 am

    Screw Wal-mart and thier over priced HD media! Tell the owner if he thinks carrying less product will help the struggling chain then let him hold his breath…until he’s blu in the face.

  6. Jonsson on February 15th, 2008 12:10 pm

    Looking forward to see a statement from Uni/Para/Toshiba soon :-)

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it comes from Toshiba first since they are the ones that suffer first hand from the losse incured to them by selling hardware at a loss.

    All those, well I will not say it out load, people that really thought that Toshibas was able to produce HD-DVD players sooooo much cheaper than Blu, well think again !!!

  7. Mehar on February 15th, 2008 1:10 pm

    Jonsson, their has been no offical report stating Toshiba is losing hundreds in its sales of HD DVD players. Infact im guess Sony lost the most money in the ps3 blu ray player, they were losing over $400 on every unit up until a month or 2 ago.

  8. Dave Cowl on February 15th, 2008 2:00 pm

    The idea of loss leading only works if you get an install base that buys into your product moving forward.

    Unfortunately it looks like Toshiba took losses and will not benefit from that, where Sony with the PS3 even beat out the XBox in January, so it seems that their investment (in PS3 discounting) might pay off in the end.

  9. Joe on February 15th, 2008 2:22 pm

    That was because of 360 shortages. I haven’t seen many in the stores for over a month now.

  10. Mehar on February 15th, 2008 2:27 pm

    Well it has been proven that the PS3 only beat the 360 because of shipment issues. Toshiba is hoping that software sales will spike since people are buying more players at a lower price. But their is a problem, some old HD DVD owners are also taking advantage of this deal, for reassurance players, those people won’t add to the attach rate any.

  11. Dave Cowl on February 15th, 2008 6:24 pm

    Proven is a strong word – depends how much you believe Microsoft.

    The XBox 360 is an amazing product in my book – it has one of the highest failure rates in recent history for a CE product and yet people keep buying them.

    I wonder if the shortages are caused by them having to replace so many, or if they finally have a reliable version of the system coming and it has not arrived before the older, unreliable ones were mostly sold?

    It seems like a strange time in the product cycle to be having shortages.

  12. Mehar on February 15th, 2008 7:14 pm

    Actually no, when they are replaced they are usally never replaced with a brand new product. This explanation actually makes the most sense

    http://www.8bitjoystick.com/archives/jake_valhalla_festivus_ms_l33t_chinese_new_year_and_xbox_360.php

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