Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Best Buy to Recommend Blu-ray Over HD-DVD

On the same day that Netflix announced it was dropping HD-DVD, Best Buy decided to kick HD-DVD while it was down. Best Buy announced that beginning in March, it would start recommending Blu-ray as the high-definition DVD format of choice for consumers.

That said, Best Buy will continue to carry HD-DVD products.

In the press release, Brian Dunn, Best Buy’s president and chief operating officer said:
"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. 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. Because we believe that Blu-ray is fast emerging as that single format, we have decided to focus on Blu-ray products."
So they will be pushing Blu-ray over HD-DVD but they'll still carry HD-DVD. But when someone comes at you with a recommendation - and consumers aren't deaf, they have to be hearing about all that's going on - why would you go with HD-DVD?

The writing has been on the wall for HD-DVD for some time. It seems to be written in permanent marker now, however.

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