Woolworths stores to stop selling HD DVD

Woolworths has through its high street heft behind the Blu-ray Disc format. From March, it will no longer sell HD DVDs in its shops. The change will coincide with the release of Pixar's Ratatouille, but while Woolies's shops will go Blu-ray only, the company will continue to sell HD DVDs online.

This move is the a result of a decision made after Christmas sales statistics were studied. In Woolworths stores, Blu-ray Discs outsold HD DVDs by a factor of ten to one over the seasonal sales period.

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Considering I do my grocery shopping at Woolworths (aussie), I was like wtf...who cares what dvd's they sell!

Turns out I was mislead

(timmmay said @ #19)
Considering I do my grocery shopping at Woolworths (aussie), I was like wtf...who cares what dvd's they sell!

Turns out I was mislead


i was thinking the same (nz)

This is no surprise. I've been into Woolworths several times recently and have seen Blu-ray creeping onto the shelves but HD-DVD was nowhere to be seen. I am glad they are taking this step to avoid consumer confusion but it's not a hugely significant move.

Also, despite what people say, there are still many people that shop at Woolworths and it is a significant move for the people that want an instant purchase or do not want to / are unable to purchase online.

Toshiba's reply is lol

"We have been hugely successful in expanding the number of consumers owning HD DVD players. UK consumers can now pick-up an HD DVD player for less than �150, around half the cost of other HD formats. Even before pricing reached this level, HD DVD represented more than 60% of the overall standalone high definition market.

"Just as importantly for movie retailers, HD DVD has always enjoyed greater software sales per player than any other HD format. In fact, HD DVD owners have already bought around 3.5 movies each, compared to less than one movie sold per Blu ray device.

"While we're disappointed by Woolworths' decision, it is extremely early to spot which format will eventually win. As the figures I mention show - where consumers have a choice, they choose HD DVD. We're confident that HD DVD's affordability, fantastic choice of movies, great consumer experience and upcoming promotions will help it continue to strengthen its share of the market."

The bits I've bolded are doublespeak, in the first they don't include the PS3 in the stats but then in the second bit they do. Kinda lame on Toshiba's part.

In Australia, Woolworths is a large food supermarket selling food and grocioes.

Their website is www.woolworths.com.au

Woolworths lasted until 1997 in the US, spun off it's international subsidiaries, (the one in the UK, and Germany), and renamed itself to Foot Locker. It's still in business in the USA - just a different name.

Considering most here reading Neowin have to figure out what the hell every American reference is, I think it's only fair once in a while the minority of the world have to figure out when something relates to another country.

woolworth? seriously? seriously? LOL... the last time i been to a woolworth was umm.. probably 1998 and i haven't seen any of those stores anywhere here (CT, NY, NJ, MD, DC, VA, GA, FL) so where are they? I thought they went outta business long ago. I saw a K-Mart the other day and i was shocked! LOL.. I was like, damn.. you still around?

Anyways, i was pulling for HD DVD but guess it seems Blu-Ray is definitely winning so i can finally start buying players and discs now... so many movies i haven't seen yet cuz i was waiting for them in HD, now i can start again.

As far as I know, they've closed all of their stores on our side of the pond a LONG time ago. I think the last thing I bought at one was Batman for the NES. That's a long time ago

I was wondering the same thing. Woolworths used to be the place to go similar to K-Mart/Wal-Mart when I was a kid, they even had a restaraunt inside. I didn't realize they were still in the UK, nor that the company started focusing on sporting goods only and renamed itself....FootLocker

er, does anyone actually go into Wooloworths anymore? At one time it was the one-stop place for everything you need, but now its much more easier to go to a supermarket - where there is more choice, cheaper products and less-retarded staff who don't ask you if you would like to buy some stamps or a top-up phone card everytime you visit the counter!!

(bbfc_uk said @ #7)
er, does anyone actually go into Wooloworths anymore? At one time it was the one-stop place for everything you need, but now its much more easier to go to a supermarket - where there is more choice, cheaper products and less-retarded staff who don't ask you if you would like to buy some stamps or a top-up phone card everytime you visit the counter!!

yes, they sell some dvds quite cheap and they're also good for chocolates

yeah Woolworth's is trashy nowadays, They have some good sales from time to time. I can never be bothered to walk all the way down to ours tho (Its outside the main shopping complex)

It's still a big feature in many small towns tho. Its not an English town without a woolies :P

I used to be a HD-DVD diehard, but at this point in time what we need is a clear, decisive winner. Any news on my new cause makes me a little happier inside.

For some reason I read "Worthless stores to stop selling HD-DVD" xD

Those figures come as no surprise, HD-DVD is practically non existant in europe.. and blu-ray is too, so go figure :P

With the state of Woolworths stores I've seen lately the next headline could be "Woolworths stores to stop selling."

At Last! A decision. The whole world has been waiting to see what side Woolworths would go with. Now we can get on with our lives.