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TheMoose 02-11-2008 01:54 PM

Best Buy to Recommend Blu-ray
Best Buy to recommend Blu-Ray as the Customer’s Digital Format Choice

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) 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. “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.”

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.”

“With the explosion of HDTVs, customers are hungry for quality, high definition content. We believe our move to feature Blu-ray should help consumers feel confident in their hi-def content choices,” said Mike Vitelli, Best Buy’s senior vice president, Home Solutions. “Best Buy is excited by the next generation of digital products and we know our customers are too. We are excited about helping customers find the right mix of products and services to make the next generation of high definition entertainment technology come alive for them. We believe that Blu-ray is the right solution for consumers.”

Best Buy currently carries a wide array of Blu-ray hardware and software products. The company noted that it will continue to carry an assortment of HD-DVD products for customers who desire to purchase these products.

I can see why they did this, they really want you to leave with a HDM player when you buy a HDTV but with 2 formats people were waiting to buy.

PRO-630HD 02-12-2008 01:30 AM

Re: Best Buy to Recommend Blu-ray
In all fairness this is nothing new. They have been biased to bluray since June 2006. My major issue is there is only 1 player currently on the market that is even remotely worth recommending to the public. The 2.0 Panasonic should be released in Mar. so besides the Panny players and the PS3 there really aren't any players to recommend. If they are recommending 1.0 players they are wrong.

deacongreg 02-12-2008 08:39 AM

Re: Best Buy to Recommend Blu-ray
Certainly a strong stance taken by them.

TheMoose 02-12-2008 09:12 AM

Re: Best Buy to Recommend Blu-ray

Originally Posted by deacongreg (Post 11159)
Certainly a strong stance taken by them.

Here is the hd-dvd promotional groups response to the Best Buy News,

"We have long held the belief that HD DVD is the best format for consumers based on quality and value, and with more than 1 million HD DVD players on the market, it's unfortunate to see Netflix make the decision to only stock Blu-ray titles going forward. While the Best Buy announcement says they will recommend Blu-ray, at least they will continue to carry HD DVD and offer consumers a choice at retail."

That's not a very strong response if you ask me!

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