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Best Buy To Recommend Blu-ray As Preferred HD Format
Best Buy announced today that Sony’s Blu-ray format will be the recommended HD disc format for their customers going forward at retail locations nationwide. The big-box retailer had been successfully selling both Blu-ray and HD DVD for more than a year and is an important reseller of HD disc software. The comments come on the same day movie rental company, Netflix, announced they would soon cease renting HD DVD titles to their clients.

While Best Buy didn’t make a hard cut-off with HD DVD, consumers are quickly seeing the trend toward Blu-ray. HD DVD enthusiasts have been waiting for Toshiba and Microsoft to make their next big move. While player prices were cut significantly and there was a Super Bowl ad, no studio deals have been inked that help divide the marketshare back in the HD DVD camp’s favor. The “Blu-Friday” decision of Warner Bros. to exclusively support Blu-ray has set the tone in 2008 for the outcome of the HD disc format war.

If the HD disc format battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray is in fact over (the fat lady is warming up back stage now) the real war is about to begin which is the Blu-ray versus DVD battle. Blu-ray players have a better picture with a 1080p resolution versus the 480i resolution (and even upconverted in some players) on a traditional DVD player. However, today’s Blu-ray players are plagued with slow load times, high prices and HDMI “handshake” problems that frustrate consumers in ways that make a $59 DVD player from Wal-mart look like a better investment.

The Blu-ray camp has all the momentum but has a long way to go to overthrow the incumbent format – the almighty DVD. The good news is that Blu-ray has better performance. However, performance alone doesn’t mean a successful AV format. For example, Apple has sold 120,000,000 iPods that are playing back music at 1/4 (or worse) the resolution of a Compact Disc. And speaking of Apple, they are back after a failed attempt at Apple TV with 720p downloads (HD but not as good as 1080p) that take about 30 minutes to download to your computer. Blu-ray’s path to ultimate supremacy, along with Apple’s downloads and even “HD on-demand” products from cable and satellite companies, is going to be a rocky one considering the role of DVD.

by Jerry Del Colliano
Source Yahoo Finance

TheMoose 02-11-2008 02:40 PM

Re: Best Buy To Recommend Blu-ray As Preferred HD Format
The BB decision makes sense, they want people who buy a HDTV to take home a HDM player with them.
From what I've heard from sales people I've talked to (& not just BB sales people) is it's hard to get people to spend the money on HDM when they have to choose between 2 incompatible formats when they know one of those formats will be obsolete at the end of the war.

I've seen this coming for a while, hd-dvd & Blu-Ray software started out with the same amount of shelf space, in my local stores Blu-Ray now has almost twice the shelf space as hd-dvd.

Toshiba is running out of time, they need to do something huge to stay in the game or bow out.

glocksout 02-11-2008 02:45 PM

Re: Best Buy To Recommend Blu-ray As Preferred HD Format
Moose, on the converse side of selling an HDM player, they can use that as a tool to up-sell to a 1080p display. Sure, most LCDs are now 1080p, but plasmas aren't. Now instead of that $2500 plasma you're getting the $4000 plasma because it's 1080p to match that Blu-ray Disc.

It's not like it matters, but it's a selling tool retailers like.

merv46 02-11-2008 04:28 PM

Re: Best Buy To Recommend Blu-ray As Preferred HD Format
Gosh, you could tell something was up at bb, they have not been restocking anything hd dvd and giving more space to bd. Whats everyone's guess on a time for Toshiba waving the white flag?

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