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Kmart drops Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD

Store chain Kmart drops Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD. They will only carry Toshiba HD DVD players from now on.

They said the lower prices of HD DVD was the key factor in their decision to drop stand alone blu-ray players. The chain will however continue to carry the blu-ray capable Playstation 3.

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tethered3616d ago (Edited 3616d ago )

Oh!
Big-K FTW!

Hahaha!

OK, end sarcasm.

sonarus3616d ago

Blu ray players better drop their players to 300 dollars they jst giving hd-dvd unnecessary ground to catch up

BrianC62343616d ago

Does K-Mart even exist anymore? I guess I have a couple around me. Not that I ever shop there. Everything is usually all over the floor. I wouldn't worry about this one Blu-ray.

athlon7703616d ago

The a$$ in me says we ought to go into K-Mart and start asking where the Blu-Ray players are, when they respond that they no longer carry them say "well I was just looking at one last month...I guess I will take my business elsewhere!"

KingME3616d ago (Edited 3616d ago )

Didn't hear you guys whining about blockbuster going blu-ray or targe trying to do the same. You never had much back to say about k-mart in the past. But now that they went HD-DVD, jokes are being made about the story and it customer demographic.

Which makes others claim (Which is BS) that they NEVER shop at K-mart.

You guys are pathetic.

Edit: Honestly, real talk though. I appears the PS3 owners give loads of verbal support to the products that they like. But, they don't spend much money. Since the PS3 (AND THE PS3 ALONE) is what's really carrying blu-ray from a hardware stand point. (Remove the PS3 is blu-ray died months ago.) Why aren't there more blu-ray discs sold, I wonder what the blu-ray movie attach rate is for PS3 owners (And I'm not talking about the 5-7 free ones you get for buying into sony's evil play...haha)

It's the same with PS3 games, look at GH3 for instance, and with all other major titles the PS3 version is ALWAYS last in sells (base on attach rates) The only thing Sony Fanboys seem to support is 1 party titles. Because they are caught in spiderman's web.

MikeGdaGod3616d ago

Target and Wal-Mart are everywhere. they've taken over.

athlon7703616d ago (Edited 3616d ago )

Well, as of my response, you have 5 agrees and 0 disagrees, yet by your own words...

"Edit: Honestly, real talk though. I appears the PS3 owners give loads of verbal support to the products that they like. But, they don't spend much money. Since the PS3 (AND THE PS3 ALONE) is what's really carrying blu-ray from a hardware stand point. (Remove the PS3 is blu-ray died months ago.) Why aren't there more blu-ray discs sold, I wonder what the blu-ray movie attach rate is for PS3 owners (And I'm not talking about the 5-7 free ones you get for buying into sony's evil play...haha)"

You are saying that as BD supporters by purchasing the PS3, we don't purchase movies to go along with it (oh and not to throw stones, but the HD-DVD side did the 5 free movies and then upped it to 9 if you care to remember...) yet BD movie sales still easily overtaken those of the HD-DVD side. So I guess we, the BD supporters, are not buying all those movies and stomping the other format into the ground. Thats cool, I didn't realize that, of course I have been working some overtime to afford all the blockbuster hits coming out on BD that will not be seen on the other format. Guess you not only saved a couple hundred dollars on that cheap player, but saving thousands of dollars by not having to worry about buying any movies...and people agreed with you...weird.

EDIT: Just wanted to add some of the upcoming titles and the studios, this by the way was taken from another posting on N4G...

"Hollywood has lined up key blockbusters to ship this quarter as well as in early 2008 to entice PS3 and owners of the stand-alone BR-D units from companies like Sony and Panasonic to increase their libraries. Walt Disney Home Entertainment has Ratatouille, Cars, Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End shipping this year. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has all four Die Hard films, Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Independence Day and The Simpsons Movie heading to BR-D this year and Master & Commander and Sunshine, and I, Robot slated for 2008. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which also supports HD-DVD, has The Matrix Trilogy, all five Harry Potter films and the Ocean’s 11 Trilogy releasing on BR-D. Lionsgate Home Entertainment will bring War and 3:10 to Yuma to BR-D on January 8 and Good Luck Chuck and Saw IV later in the year. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just released the Spider-Man Trilogy, the Hostel films and has Close Encounters of the Third Kind heading to BR-D this year."

Bubble Buddy3616d ago

How much did microsoft pay you? naww I'm kidding =P. i never been to k-mart for so loong but i remember it was a crazy shop, wonder what made them change their mind?

Kornster6713616d ago

Over here on Guam. K-Mart is the only player. It services 160,000 people that shop there often. In fact I believe this K-Mart also makes a huge profit compared to the stateside K-Marts. Most of the TVs in the store are LCD and Plasma. More and more people on Guam are buying HDTV and when they go into K-Mart and see HD-DVD player they're going to put the two together. Kmart might not make a huge difference like it could've in the past but it still is a slight difference. Imagine if at least 10k or 50k people here bought the player with the dvds. Major boost to HD-DVD.

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lilwingman3616d ago

I wouldn't peg K-mart shoppers as the main demographic for any futuristic technology.. they're still buying the $25 VHS players.

Was it just the players dropped, or the movies as well?

hazeblaze3616d ago

It was just the players... which makes this hardly newsworthy as neither standalone blu ray OR hd-dvd players are high selling items anyway.

And then there's the fact that even with standalone hd-dvd players outselling standalone blu ray players, blu rays continue to outsell hd-dvd's nearly 8 to 1.

LoydX-mas3616d ago

What are you talking about?
Since inception, Blu-ray only leads 59:41

That is more like 1.5:1 ratio (for discs)

That is sad, considering how many PS3's are out there.

Baron793616d ago (Edited 3616d ago )

8 to 1! Where did you pull that number out of? It is actually like 1.5 to to 1. Stop with your fake numbers.
This is a win for HD-DVD no matter how you look at it.

Bladestar3616d ago

hehe... as usual.. let's undermind anything or anyone that favor HD DVD... just like all you blu-ray fanboys did with wallmart... lol..
You people make it sound as if "Kmart drops Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD" helps blu-ray and hurts HD DVD... The format war may not depend Kmart... but it's something... most war are fought in small fronts...
Fact: Whether this move helps a little or a lot... help is help.. no matter how you put it.

hazeblaze3616d ago

Except more PS3's are sold on a weekly basis than both blu ray and hd-dvd players combined. And as a result, blu ray movies just continue to trounce hd-dvd sales.

The new $200 hd-dvd player is a good deal and could help to prolong the war. But most are slow to adopt it b/c hd-dvd is already considered dead amongst videophiles... and the public is shying away from ANY standalone player until a single format is deemed triumphant.

bloodzombie773616d ago

I don't quite think you understand just how SMALL of a player K-fart is anymore. I have one within 20 miles of me and the only reason me or anyone else goes there is because they have a Little Caesars pizza inside of it, and everytime I'm in there, THAT'S where the line is.

wageslave3616d ago

"Except more PS3's are sold on a weekly basis than both blu ray and hd-dvd players combined. "

yes, and more PSPs are sold every week than Stand-Alone UMD players. But, that didnt help UMD did it? Where is the UMD media? Dead as a doornail.

The PSP couldnt support UMD, and the PS3 cant support BR. Far more people have Movie players than game machines, and if HD-DVD players are $199 today, they'll be $99 this time next year.

The Console wars will *not* be a vehicle for proprietary movie & music formats, no what Sony RIAA and Sony MPAA divisions wish. Its just a shame that the Playstation division is getting thrown under the bus for the MPAA / RIAA.

mirroredderorrim3616d ago

Wow. Bravo, K-Mart on screwing yourselves into a deeper hole.
Nice work on giving your number one competitor more business (Walmart)

The only people that win here are HD-DVD and Walmart(or any other competitors to K-Mart). K-Mart loses.

Blu-Ray dosn't really lose, since K-Mart is like a dying star, anyway.
Seriously, I went there to get a few things for my mother and it was like a ghost town in there. 1 register was opened and hardly anyone on the floor, including customers.

SofaKingReetodded3615d ago

K-mart has been a non-factor FOR YEARSSSS, the only one in my area closed down over two years ago. This is about as significant as Radio SHack carrying copies of Halo3...... simply pathetic.

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bym051d3616d ago

This change will surely win the war!

First Martha Stewart Everyday, tomorrow 1080p!

cow moolester3616d ago

This i a plus for the HD DVD camp I suppose...but just drags out the war :( Luckily I have both players so whichever wins so do I :)