Posted on February 15, 2008,

Nail in the Coffin? Wal-Mart Going Blu-ray Exclusive


HD DVD has taken shot after shot after shot after shot, and we haven’t even covered every single incident. This latest incident might truly be the nail in the coffin (I feel like I’ve said that nine times now) for HD DVD: Wal-Mart has sided with Blu-ray, and HD DVD will be phased out of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs stores by June.

“We’ve listened to our customers, who are showing a clear preference toward Blu-ray products and movies with their purchases,” said Gary Severson, senior vice president, Home Entertainment, Wal-Mart, U.S. “With the customers best interest in all we do, we wanted to share our decision and timeline with them as soon as possible, knowing it will help simplify their purchase decision, increase selection, and increase adoption long term. We anticipate enhancing our selection with continued great values in hi-definition Blu-ray products, so our customers can further enhance their entertainment experience at home.”

At this point, the continued barrage of shots on HD DVD seem like they’re simply adding insult to injury, with that injury being the death of HD DVD. And as terrible as my local Wal-Mart’s HD movie selection is, having the largest and most mainstream retailer drop your product isn’t going to really improve your chances of succeeding.

So, what’s next? Will Paramount finally drop HD DVD? Or perhaps Microsoft will announce an Xbox 360 Blu-ray add-on drive. Whatever the move might be, things are getting worse by the minute for Toshiba.

via Check Out

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4 Comments on Nail in the Coffin? Wal-Mart Going Blu-ray Exclusive


On February 15, 2008 at 5:48 pm

I’d be willing to bet that as long as this trend continues, by the end of the year the 360 will have a Blu-ray add-on drive.

When dealing with corporations and governments it always seems like they never learn from mistakes of the past, so it’s actually nice to see that Sony learned from the failures of some of their other formats and is coming out ahead on this one.


On February 15, 2008 at 7:46 pm

lol @ microsoft giving sony and the blu-ray consortium moolah, granted if they made a blu-ray 360 SKU they might do a little damage to ps3 sales.


On February 15, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Except that most of the people that visit Wal-Mart would have to auction off an illegitimate child to buy something that plays either.


On February 16, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I think the fact that the PS3 comes with native Blu-ray support kills the 360′s add-on drive, which makes it almost as expensive as the PS3.