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Woolworths to Support Blu-ray Exclusively

Posted January 28, 2008 12:52 PM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray DiscAfter 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."


Source: The Retailer Bulletin | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (45 comments)



E-Dogg
  Jan 28, 2008
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Good news. 1 more nail in the coffin.

Uberfy
  Jan 28, 2008
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Is Woolworths related at all to the old dime store "Woolworths and Woolco" that we had here in the
US back in the 70s and 80s?

techyted
  Jan 28, 2008
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Now we just need the same thing here in the States.

CptGreedle
  Jan 28, 2008
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Excellent news! Now if we can get more US based retailers to follow suit, this war will be all but over!

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Shin-Ra
  Jan 28, 2008
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Next up, HMV! You know you want to.

jk1138
  Jan 28, 2008
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I have been trolling here for a few weeks and decided to weigh in, this is great news, I hope to hear much more like it soon.

kubrick
  Jan 28, 2008
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Good news, but i live in the vacinity of nearly three woolworths, and have only ever seen one Blu ray for sale ever!!! Apart from Die hard 4 i have never seen a single blu ray available!!
Chuey
  Jan 28, 2008
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I think this news will spread to other retailers. Keep the good news coming.

NutsAboutPS3
  Jan 28, 2008
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jk1138: "I have been trolling here for a few weeks"
I think you mean lurking not trolling

Great news about Woolworths, I had no idea they were the largest HD media retailer in the UK.

bajor27
  Jan 28, 2008
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At 10:1 even without the WB exclusivity, who could blame them for dropping HD-DVD really?

This is great news though. Hopefully we soon hear Best Buy doing the same.

Able
  Jan 28, 2008
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I have never seen a woolworths but great news. I have to admit HDDuD is a tuff opponet they still stand after bieng beat again and again.

I only have eyes for blu
JT_Designer
  Jan 28, 2008
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Great news! The big Universal and Paramount bust be kicking themsevles.

kaliraver
  Jan 28, 2008
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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!

sj001
  Jan 28, 2008
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Beautiful! I remember when they had Woolworth's here in the US, that was one of my favorite stores!

Magic
  Jan 28, 2008
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That is fantastic news!
niftynigel
  Jan 28, 2008
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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!"

Marcsten
  Jan 28, 2008
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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....

Good News!

Saiko7
  Jan 28, 2008
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HAHA!! I hope HMV follow suit. Even though I buy all of my movies online, not from stores, this is yet another battle won in the war against HD-DUD !
Metal_Kizz
  Jan 28, 2008
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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.
Dark Jedi
  Jan 28, 2008
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Great news. Another company that can read the writing on the wall. Now we're just waiting for Paramount and Universal to learn how to read.

haushausman
  Jan 28, 2008
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So Woolworth's is like a Wal-Mart in the UK? Sounds like they would only sell coats to me...

bkbluray
  Jan 28, 2008
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Woolworth's is certainly not the biggest retailer out there... But every domino falling will move Blu-ray adoption faster.
BLU_BOY02
  Jan 28, 2008
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Das wha i'm talkin bout!!!!!

GO BLU!

Rainman208
  Jan 28, 2008
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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.

Just being a little careful of what I wish for.
andyskiv
  Jan 28, 2008
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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
newspapers.

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 ;-)

little_boy_blu
  Jan 28, 2008
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Good news for Blu!

Dew
  Jan 28, 2008
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Another nail on HD-FUD's coffin. Next up- H M V !

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Guinness7
  Jan 28, 2008
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Keep the lining up the stores.

saljr
  Jan 28, 2008
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Thank you, Woolworth for Supporting Blu-ray Exclusively. HD-DVD......DEAD HORSE!!!
dea136
  Jan 28, 2008
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Great news, but worth its own news post? I've never seen a Woolworth store...ever
Nathan P
  Jan 28, 2008
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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

GreatWhite83
  Jan 28, 2008
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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...

camaro17
  Jan 28, 2008
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doesn't matter how big it is, its still another store going blu-ray exclusive.

Peace

cajun1975
  Jan 28, 2008
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Keep those nails coming!!!!
IJ_UK
  Jan 28, 2008
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Good news for bluray etc..

but you guys have to realise the format war ain't just a US thing, its worldwide ya know!..

@dea136> we've never even heard of your bestbuy stores either...

peace and blu..

Minimejer05
  Jan 28, 2008
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Thats sweet! Now if only Target would go Blu only so we could see more Blu on there shelfs. There high def selection isnt the greatest.

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iceman
  Jan 29, 2008
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richiev4
  Jan 29, 2008
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HMV in Swindon sells both HD DV and Blu Ray but the % of Blu Ray movies is so much higher, Also they put out a guide on HiDef, and even that was Blu Ray heavy.

The death of HD DVD begins in the UK

Rich

UKJD
  Jan 29, 2008
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Some good news for the UK! Now we need mroe retailers to follow suit! This could start off something special.......

Mr9BALL
  Jan 29, 2008
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i deliver to woolies and did'nt know they sold blu-ray, good news for us brits.

Blu_Avenger
  Jan 29, 2008
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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!

:-)
niftynigel
  Jan 29, 2008
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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.

atdm71
  Jan 31, 2008
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You can bet other retailers will take note of this move. While Woolworth's is not the biggest player in the retail segment, they're certainly not small or insignificant.

Get ready for more news from the retailers!...

Mikeblu
  Jan 31, 2008
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Woolworths the highest selling hd disc sellers, well I'll be damned I thought it would be HMV or Tescos.

wavehunter
  Feb 03, 2008
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While this is good news, it's not that significant really - Woolies are nowhere compared to HMV and Virgin.

@niftynigel : try your local ASDA, I bought 3:10 to Yuma BD for £16 (cheaper than amazon!)


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