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Woolworths dumps HD DVD, focuses on Blu-ray

PlayStation 3 effect is key to next-gen DVD war

Woolworths has pulled its support for HD-DVD and will no longer be stocking the next-generation DVD format. The decision was made following the performance of players based on Sony's Blu-ray at Christmas, when the competing format outsold HD DVD by 10-to-1.

According to the UK retailer, the primary reason behind this is because PlayStation 3 plays Blu-Ray discs.
"Sales figures clearly show that the market is moving towards one format of high definition DVD. There are over three quarters of a million homes in the UK that can view Blu-Ray because the discs can be played on a PlayStation 3 console. There is nowhere near that number of HD-DVD players around," said Woolworths DVD buyer Steven McGunigel.

HD-DVDs will still be available online from Woolworths, however.


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