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Woolworths backs Blu-Ray format over HD DVD
Woolworths has become the first major retailer to solely back one of the new high definition DVD formats.The high street firm has announced that it will only stock Blu-Ray high definition DVDs from March, with HD-DVDs being dropped from stores to be sold online.
The move comes after Blu-Ray DVDs outsold HD-DVDs by ten-to-one in Woolies stores over Christ
Blu-Ray, backed by Sony, versus HD-DVD, backed by Toshiba, has been likened by commentators to the battle between Toshiba's VHS and Sony's Beta-Max in the 1980s.
The new format war has split the electronics and entertainment industries. Blu-Ray has been backed by Samsung, Sony, Warner, Dell, Apple, Disney and 20th Century Fox. HD-DVD has been backed by NEC, Microsoft and Universal.
The real winner will, of course, be decided at the tills with Blu-Ray already streets ahead according to Woolworths.
Both Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs offer much better quality audio and video than DVD and the additional storage means that more time and extras can be packed into one disc.