Last Thursday, entertainment blog The Bits reported that starting in early 2024, Best Buy will no longer sell DVDs and blu-rays discs, both in their stores and online. On Friday, Best Buy confirmed the report to Variety, with a spokesperson commenting, “To state the obvious, the way we watch movies and TV shows is much different today than it was decades ago. Making this change gives us more space and opportunity to bring customers new and innovative tech for them to explore, discover and enjoy.”
Best Buy will sell movies and TV shows on physical media through the 2023 holiday shopping season. As of right now, they’ll still continue to sell video games.
In an era where streaming services are starting to loose subscribers because people are frustrated with price hikes and the crackdown password sharing, it’s an interesting call for Best Buy to stop selling physical media. I was reading a discussion in the comments of a blog last week, in which commenters were sharing that because movies and TV shows are pulled from streaming services so frequently, they’re returning more to physical media and watching more DVDs and Blu-rays. Everything happens in cycles, I suppose.
Walmart, Target, and Amazon will still sell DVDs and Blu-rays, and while Netflix has officially stopped its DVD program, Redbox is still kicking, with 29,000 rental kiosks around the US.
What are your thought on Best Buy ending their DVD and Blu-ray sales? Let us know in the comments!