After analyzing Christmastime sales data, UK retailer Woolworth's has decided to drop their in-store support for HD DVD, and will be featuring Blu-ray players and discs only beginning in March. Blu-ray titles held a sales advantage of 10-to-1 over its rival at Woolworth's 820 retail locations, and as the largest retailer of high definition discs in the UK, they are taking a stand against the format war.
"Sales figures clearly show that the market is moving towards one format of high definition DVD," commented Steven McGunigel, Woolworth's DVD buyer. "Switching to Blu-ray only will provide one clear offer to customers in the format they want to watch high definition movies in."
UK leading the way, I am glad that retailers world wide are taking a stance and discontinuing HD-DUD. Best Buy, Wal-Mart & CC need to learn from retailers on other parts of the world and follow the trend and drop HD-DUD for good!
That's great news! I have seen some Blu-ray Discs in most Woolworth stores, Harry Potter, Blade Runner, Die Hard 4.0 and other top sellers. It's great they are having a Blu-ray chart. That's going to really add to public awareness! There's a Woolworths store in most towns!
Maybe they include their online sales when they claim to be the biggest retailer? HMV and Play.com are the two most famous online retailers, apart from the international Amazon brand.
HMV have also reviewed their in shop displays and Blu-ray is now much more prominent in many shops around the country. HD DVD has been relegated to the back corners (like the naughty schoolboy - I couldn't resist - memories from my past)!
As Del Boy (Only Fools And Horses) would say, come on Paramount and Universal, support Blu-ray, "You Know it makes sense!"
But, But, as long as there is one customer out there stores will carry them so they can sell that one,
and, and, Transformers, and, and, our players are complete, so they are better, and , and PIP, and, we
made up 2% points last month clearly showing....
has anyone ever been to a woolworths? this isnt amazing news, they only had like 10 blurays lol at my local one. but thank got they wont waste time with hd dvds. i cant wait for the EXCLUSIVE blu ray of the dark knight later in the year hope warner release batman begins with it aswell for cheap or include it in a double pack. i love that film and its still only hd dvd, meh.
Good news. I'd be lying though if I didn't admit to the thought in the back of my mind that once HD-DVD is totally gone Blu won't turn on us and say now that there's no competition we can charge whatever we want.
I think niftynigel is correct, HMV in the UK may already be heading that way. This time last year
the HD disc section was a 50:50 split between the two formats. I popped in last Sunday and it was
85:15 to Blu-Ray... actually it was higher still as they also had a dedicated area for their 3 blu's for
the price of 2 offer.
Disks are still pricey but even with only one HD format around I don't foresee a price hike -
remember DVDs were expensive when compared to VHS for a while, now they get given away with
Going back to the retail situation, I think the key turning point will be the actions of the big online
stores. If they make a move then the likes of Universal and Paramount will have little choice but to
curtail their liaisons with the dark side and go Blu ;-)
Thats good news for us here in the UK but my local store has only just put its High Def display in and that is equally split bewteen Blu ray and HD DVD and im not sure about their "largest high def in the country comment either" for a retail store here i would expect it to be HMV
i wouldnt say woolworths are the biggest retail store for dvds, they probably are the biggest retail store, but not for dvds, cds, blu rays and hd dvds, hmv and virgin megastores are bigger, im sure Richard Branson will go blu ray exclusive in virgin megastores next...
I sometimes go to Big W which is like a warehouse sized shop, still woolworths I think, anyhoo my point is that they don't stock a great deal of discs and the prices of them are ..well not the cheapest by a loooong way.
Still good news to see another store going blu only!
Good points about high street prices in the UK. Most High Street shops in the UK are selling BDs for approx 25-30GBP ($48-58) for mainstream titles. Spider-Man Trilogy is 50GBP ($96) in HMV, Woolworths etc. However, online it can be purchased for half that price!
Richard Branson sold Virgin to a management buyout. They are now known as Zavvi!
When BD becomes more popular, then the High Street shops will start to discount new releases like they do with CDs and DVDs. Not as cheap as the internet, but the UK hasn't been gripped by internet shopping, but we are slowly moving in that direction!
My local Woolworths have said that they intend to sell PS3 and 'budget' BD players! Given that we have lost Dixons, Currys etc., we only have Argos (catalogue shop). It will be good to be able to at least look at electrical goods in my town. We do have a Sony Centre though!
Blockbuster (not in my town) are the cheapest prices in the High Street.