After Netflix started this week with bad news for the HD DVD Group, now also Best Buy comes with horrifying news for the nearly surviving format. Starting next month Best Buy says it will prominently display Blu-ray players and discs in its stores. With this not being enough, the megastore announces that they will recommend Blu-ray to all its customers.
Blu-ray will have a prominent position in Best Buy’s store, but unlike Netflix they will not make it an Blu-ray exclusive store. The HD DVD Promotional Group responded with a sad statement: ‘We have long held the belief that HD DVD is the best format for consumers based on quality and value and with more than 1 million HD DVD players on the market, it’s unfortunate to see Netflix make the decision to only stock Blu-ray titles going forward. While the Best Buy announcement says they will recommend Blu-ray, at least they will continue to carry HD DVD and offer consumers a choice at retail.’
The reaction from the format shows that they no longer believe in a major comeback or success. With saying that they long held belief, they actually say that this isn’t there anymore.
Do you think that HD DVD is going to throw in the towl?