UK retailer drops HD-DVD
Woolworths has announced that it is dropping HD-DVD from its product line and going Blu-ray only. Their official response states that the contributing factors are the higher sales of Blu-ray and the saturation of the marketplace by the PS3 with the inbuilt Blu-ray player.
It seems there's more and more bad news for the format, and it's looking more likely that there's going to be an end to this format war before long.
According to Woolworths DVD buyer Steven McGunigel speaking through Digital Spy:
"Sales figures clearly show that the market is moving towards one format of high definition DVD...The main reason is the success of Sony’s PlayStation 3 machine. Because it plays Blu-ray discs, there are over three quarters of a million homes in the UK that can view the new high definition format. There is nowhere near that number of HD-DVD players around. Switching to Blu-ray only will provide one clear offer to customers in the format they want to watch high definition movies in."
This certainly is a big blow, and although Woolworths are by no means the largest retailer of high definition films, it does show growing economic business reasons why a move toe Blu-ray might be better for the retailers. I wonder if this is an isolated move or will be see more retailers following?