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HD DVD sidelined by leading US retail chain

February 12th, 2008 · No Comments

The infrastructure around the HD DVD format continues to unravel at breakneck pace. Hot on the heels of NetFlix’s announcement that it will offer its US DVD-by-mail customers only BD titles, comes news that leading US CE chain Best Buy will begin ‘prominently showcasing’ BD hardware ahead of Toshiba’s hardware in its stores. It says the move will help reduce consumer confusion, but it maintains that HD DVD players will be available for those looking for them. Best Buy president Brian Dunn says: “We’ve listened to our customers, and we are responding. Best Buy will recommend Blu-ray as the preferred format. Our decision to shine a spotlight on Blu-ray Disc players and other Blu-ray products is a strong signal to our customers that we believe Blu-ray is the right format choice for them. 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.”
Toshiba’s Jodi Sally described the Best Buy decision as “unfortunate.”

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Home cinema · Trade

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