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