Major Japanese electronics stores have stopped selling HD DVD machines after their maker Toshiba conceded defeat to Sony's Blu-ray in the battle to set the next-generation DVD
As of Friday, six major Japanese electronics retailers --
Yodobashi Camera, Kojima, Nojima, Edion, Best Denki and Joshin
Denki -- had suspended all sales of HD DVD, company officials
The chains are in talks with Toshiba for the electronics giant to
take back its stock either fully or partially.
Edion, which operates 1,000 stores across Japan under various
names, announced an offer for any customer who bought HD DVD
hardware from Toshiba to switch for a Blu-ray machine sold by
Sony, Panasonic or Sharp.
The offer is available only in March, with customers expected to
pay any price difference if the Blu-ray machine was more
Some stores, notably the major chain Bic Camera, continue to
sell, at a reduced price, HD DVD machines that can record
television shows. HD DVD blank disks are expected to remain on
Toshiba said it has sold 30,000 HD DVD decks in Japan, accounting
for only five percent of its HD DVD sales across the world.