Retailers Differ on HD DVD Phaseout Plans
With Toshiba giving up on HD DVD and the format war over, retailers are embracing different strategies when it comes to getting rid of their surplus, soon-to-be-obsolete inventory.
According to VideoBusiness.com,several of the format’s backers, including Toshiba, Universal and Warner Bros., are offering incentives to dealers to sell off their existing inventory. Some national retailers, including Circuit City and Amazon.com, have begun selling HD DVD players for less than $100.
The online video rental service Netflix, however, while it has announced its backing of Blu-ray, will continue to carry its inventory of HD DVD movies through the end of the year, but will no longer purchase new movies.