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Free Record Shop Goes Blu-ray

Posted October 8, 2007 07:18 PM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray MoviesFree Record Shop, the Netherlands's largest home entertainment retailer, has announced that they have officially endorsed Blu-ray as the successor to DVD. Since Blu-ray has launched in the Netherlands, it has outsold HD DVD on an average of 4-to-1, showing business owners that the buying public is demanding high definition content, and they want that content on Blu-ray.


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News comments (28 comments)



doctorsteve
  Oct 08, 2007
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Wow, and we all know how influential the Netherlands are! Just kidding, any good news is still good news...

Razzy
  Oct 08, 2007
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It's only going to get worse for HD DVD when the 40gb PS3 arrives in Europe. Good news for Blu Ray.
Swede
  Oct 08, 2007
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Nice! Blu-ray is obviously THE format of choice in Europe. Earlier it was reported that Blu-ray was outselling HD DVD by 4 to 1 in the UK, and now the Netherlands too, and its largest home entertainment retailer going BLU is a very nice sign of things to come :-)

w_tanoto
  Oct 08, 2007
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the news "tastes" really good. Regards to Netherlands from a Blu Indonesian...

kaliraver
  Oct 08, 2007
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HD-DVD just go home and die!!!

Tru 2 Blu
  Oct 08, 2007
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This is awesome news. =)

bhampton
  Oct 08, 2007
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An easy and logical choice but still a commendable one.

blu-rayfan101
  Oct 08, 2007
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This is great, more support every week. It won't effect me but it is nice to know that smalll retailers are going blu-ray exclusive!
sinisterted
  Oct 08, 2007
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I wish HD-DVD would just give up already!!!

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CJS234
  Oct 08, 2007
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good game HD-DVD...now uninstall!
GaS
  Oct 08, 2007
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They just keep dropping, one by one.

tru blu
  Oct 08, 2007
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This is great news. It's all about the global effort for Blu-ray. Ultimately it will be the stores that will
decide the format war. If you can't buy the titles you can't claim victory. Japan and Europe are
leading the way, and America will soon catch on to what the rest of the world is doing. Studios won't
deny their global sales, they are just as important.

May the Blu be with you...

monkyman
  Oct 08, 2007
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If only we could get 4:1 in North America now.

TruBlu2
  Oct 08, 2007
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MORE GREAT NEWS!!!


Welcome to Blu-ray exclusivity!!! Others to follow

camaro17
  Oct 08, 2007
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i Couldn't help but notice blu-rayfan101 you said small retailers are adopting, this is the biggest home entertainment retailer in the Netherlands, just a heads up. But this is geat news, also is the 40gb ps3 coming to the us? if it is, for christmas?

Manco
  Oct 08, 2007
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Poor HD-DVD. BOO-HOO

scook
  Oct 08, 2007
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This is Awesome, One small step for Blu Ray, One Giant step on HD-Dud.

Excalibur-king
  Oct 08, 2007
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Everything is better on the Blue side.

highdefw
  Oct 08, 2007
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Awesome!!! More and more companies of backing up Blu. Hopefully the official winner should be announced next year.

cartman781
  Oct 09, 2007
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Kind of off topic but I keep seeing this stock photo used. Is that Kill Bill in the picture? When is it coming to Blu? I will be all over it.

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pro-bassoonist
  Oct 09, 2007
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Excellent! Denmark and Sweden are also top markets that need to be monitored.

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JT_Designer
  Oct 09, 2007
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Now all we need to do is standardise the Blu-ray format so that movies like Fantastic Four Rise of The Silver Surfer and Superman Returns play properly and do not require firmware updates.

They should make it so that if a movie required a firmware update that the movie itself has a firmware update on it so that it updates and plays all in one. Anyoen else think this is a good idea??
GasCat
  Oct 09, 2007
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We'll take Denmark, np there.

This is like Risk except they don't own any countries.
MitchR
  Oct 09, 2007
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Don't underestimate the power of Blu =)
Stef Nighthawk
  Oct 09, 2007
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So why they still keep those 49 HD DVDs on their website? 91 BDs is still not a lot of choice either. Publishers in the benelux are kinda slow compared to those in the UK.
kman72
  Oct 09, 2007
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Free Record Shop is also huge in Norway. But the HD war newer really started in Europe. Blu have been dominating since the release of the PS3. I have problems even finding a HD DVD in stores (not that I need one).
Anillusion
  Oct 09, 2007
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I live in the Netherlands, so for me this is old news already. It was announced on September 12. And I have the same experience as kman72 with the format war that never started.

When advertising for HDTV started here, the only thing you heard and saw was that there was Blu Ray and a format war (HD-DVD was then mentioned on a sidenote), but since HD-DVD wasn't available for some time, while Blu Ray was (yes, thats right, that actually happened over here) they only demonstrated or told about all the glory of HD on Blu.

A couple of months ago, I was in my local Free Record Shop, looking for how blu ray was catching on. And there were like 70 Blu Ray discs and a miserable 5 HD-DVD's. And when I looked at other stores, I saw the same thing. Tomorrow, when the PS3 price is lowered... I'm getting one. I have been waiting for this (and not buying DVD's) for a while now. I'm going Blu.

Redsand7
  Oct 09, 2007
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Camaro17 -

Yes, the 40GB PS3 is slated for a holiday release - they have announced it in Europe (oct 28) and Japan (Nov 11; black and 'ceramic white'), and everyone has seen the FCC SKU and the "get 5 Blu-Rays free" coupon that includes the new PS3 part number on it (CECHG01) for here in the US.

Check out Kotaku, engadgetHD, others for more details on the hardware...


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