DVDs and Blu-rays will soon be a thing of the past at Best Buy stores.
Why Best Buy is getting rid of DVDs and Blu-rays
The electronics retailer announced this week that it will stop selling DVDs and Blu-ray discs in stores and online in early 2024.
“To state the obvious, the way we watch movies and TV shows is very different today than it was decades ago,” a Best Buy spokesperson told Variety. “This change gives us more space and opportunity to offer customers new and innovative technologies that they can explore, discover and enjoy.”
Both movie formats will be available at Best Buy during the 2023 holiday season.
Is this the end of DVDs?
Last month, Netflix discontinued its DVD service. She sent the last of her DVDs to her customers last September and told them they didn’t have to return them, according to reports.
Customers have until October 27 if they feel obligated to return the discs, but they are not required to do so.
While Best Buy and Netflix have moved away from DVDs and Blu-Rays, Variety reports that Walmart, Target and Amazon continue to sell these formats. Additionally, DVDs continue to be available through 29,000 Redbox rental kiosks across the country.
A November 2021 Wired article reported that DVD purchases accounted for only 7% of the global home entertainment market, while digital video accounted for 70%.
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