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Wal-Mart Chooses Blu-Ray

Kim Hart

It looks like yet another blow to HD-DVDs in the high-definition format war. Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs stores--all 4,000 of them--will phase out HD-DVDs in their inventory and will soon only carry Blu-Ray discs and Blu-Ray players, in addition to standard DVD players and up-converters. This will happen over the next several months, according to Wal-Mart's blog, which I confirmed earlier today.

For more background on the format war, check out Mike Musgrove's recent column. Perhaps the battle is starting to wind down.

By Kim Hart  |  February 15, 2008; 3:22 PM ET  | Category:  Kim Hart
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Yeah, that'll about do it. No entertainment company is going to forsake Wal*Mart. Does this mean Wal*Mart wil lnot carry the XBox 360 anymore, or just not the kit needed for HD-DVD?

Posted by: EricS | February 15, 2008 3:50 PM

That's what I do. I don't buy ANYTHING electronic, until I know Wal-Mart supports it!

Heck, if Wal-Mart thinks it's bad, it MUST be good! Now I want HD-DVD!

Trust me, in 5-10 years, neither format will still be used much. Straight streaming from Netflix will be far more common. Heck, during this writers strike I've been catching up on Lost from ABC's website. Why rent or buy (at $30-50 apiece!), when you can borrow for nearly free?

Posted by: Fred Evil | February 19, 2008 8:49 PM

when large inventory opporators assume a one only attitude the buyers lose. I still have the opportunity to buy from amazon.com to fufill my video needs, it seems now I may have to expand that buying opportunity with them.

Posted by: roger hicks | February 20, 2008 7:20 AM

if you want to be boxed into proprietary systems or in the consumer space ..then yes. In the enterprise space however, bluray server systems are very different. Platform agnostic and UDF read write compatible. blu ray server
Phantom data systems sure takes the lead on enterprise blu ray.
SH.

Posted by: Gerald H. | March 22, 2008 8:33 PM

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