Electronics retailer Best Buy has announced they’re ending sales of both DVD and Blu-ray discs, ending their decades of home media distribution.
The retailer, which operates over 1000 stores nationwide and some internationally, will end sales online and in store for both DVDs and Blu-rays in early 2024. The retailer will still offer remaining inventory and upcoming releases through this holiday.
“To state the obvious, the way we watch movies and TV shows is much different today than it was decades ago,” a Best Buy spokesperson said to Variety. “Making this change gives us more space and opportunity to bring customers new and innovative tech for them to explore, discover and enjoy.”
Despite the discouraging announcement that Best Buy is ending DVD and Blu-Ray sales, the retail giant will still offer physical video game sales. Best Buy exiting sales for DVDs and Blu-Rays leaves Amazon, Walmart, and Target as the top retailers still selling physical media.
Streaming platform Netflix also recently ended their physical media distribution after 25 years, sending out their last DVDs to subscribers at the end of September this year. DVD rental kiosk company Redbox is still somehow in business, operating 29,000 DVD rental kiosks nationwide.
Best Buy was originally founded back in 1966 as the audio store Sound of Music, only to later be rebranded to Best Buy in 1983 while shifting to focus on consume electronics at large.
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