Netflix Goes Blu-ray Exclusive; Best Buy Leans That Way
In another bellwether moment in the waning days of the format war, the popular DVD rental-by-mail service Netflix announced Monday that it is going exclusively with the Blu-ray Disc format for high-definition, the AP reported.
Meanwhile, Best Buy last week said that it will now “recommend” Blu-ray to its customers, although the retail giant stopped short of going exclusive. This means that starting in March, Best Buy will “showcase” Blu-ray products, while still continuing to carry players and movies in the HD DVD format.
Best Buy said in a statement that because consumers have told them to “help lead the way,” Best Buy has decided to designate Blu-ray as “the preferred format.”