Earlier today, DailyTech
reported that Netflix took the bold step to go to a Blu-ray
exclusive model for online high definition rentals. Netflix cited
Blu-ray's emergence as the clear front-runner in the race and its
wish to provide the "best experience for subscribers."
It now looks as though the Blu-ray camp
is getting yet another supporter in its fight against HD DVD. Best
Buy today announced that it will give preferential treatment to
Blu-ray movies and hardware when it comes to floor space and
positioning in its stores.
“Consumers have told us that they
want us to help lead the way. We’ve listened to our customers, and
we are responding. Best Buy will recommend Blu-ray as the preferred
format,” said Best Buy President and CFO Brian Dunn. “Our
decision to shine a spotlight on Blu-ray Disc players and other
Blu-ray products is a strong signal to our customers that we believe
Blu-ray is the right format choice for them.”
Like Netflix, Best Buy says that
Blu-ray is the clear choice for consumers, so it will refocus its
resources to promote Sony's increasingly-powerful brainchild.
"We believe our move to feature
Blu-ray should help consumers feel confident in their hi-def content
choices,” said Best Buy Home Solutions Senior VP Mike Vitelli. “We
are excited about helping customers find the right mix of products
and services to make the next generation of high definition
entertainment technology come alive for them. We believe that Blu-ray
is the right solution for consumers.”
Best Buy says that it will continue to
carry HD DVD hardware and titles, but customers may have to fight
through heavy Blu-ray defenses to reach the goods. On top of that,
Best Buy sales reps will do their best to make sure that you know
that Blu-ray is the clear direction for the future.
quote: Best Buy sales reps will do their best to make sure that you know that Blu-ray is the clear direction for the future.
quote: Well, Warner jumped ship because Sony paid them 500m to do so..... (as seen on DT back in January), and then blamed high gas prices.
quote: i think its safe to say 80% of people working there know just the bare minimum
quote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p#Storage format
quote: 1080p-encoded titles have been released on HD DVD and also Blu-ray Disc. The first generation of U.S./Japanese HD DVD players could only output the 1080p content via 1080i signal and required 3:2 pulldown deinterlacing in a display to reconstruct the original 1080p signal (see above for an explanation of why this does not lead to any difference between 1080i and 1080p in many cases).
quote: I suppose when talking about the cheapest players from both sides he was right. 1080p does have twice the resolution of 1080i, in a sense.
quote: Well I myself am a Best Buy employee (for now) and I do my best to inform my co-workers of what I am reading here on Anandtech and Dailytech as well as other websites around the web. It has been somewhat obvious over the past month or two that Blu-ray has the upper hand and may indeed win the format war. So when customers come up to me with their questions about HD-DVD or Blu-ray I try to be as honest and as informative as I can with what I have read. I essentially tell them that while one can't be 100% sure yet, it seems that Blu-ray is starting to get a lot more support lately from consumers as well as big names in multimedia/entertainment and that if one wanted to place his or her bets, they probably need to take a serious look at Blu-ray.
quote: The only reason the studio's are killing HD-DVD is because it doesn't have region coding.
quote: Their recession probability indicator looks at a combination of the yield curve and corporate spreads, and is now signaling that there is a 100% probability that a U.S. recession will take place within the next 12 months. David Rosenberg, Merrill’s North American economist, warns, “Clients should be taking recession risks very seriously.” The odds have grown since October, when the indicator was at 75%. Only this past summer did the tool show no threat of recession.
quote: Our preferred model now implies a risk of U.S. recession of 71 percent in the coming 12 months.
quote: but how much impact it will make is still to be seen.
quote: This statement is true for content, but not the hardware. Consumers will find out the expensive bluray hardware invested today cannot play later BD titles without many firmware upgrades, and unable to play profile 2.0 features.
quote: is enough to now the subject and to read or not