Robbers even prefer Blu-ray over HD DVD

Thieves who broke into a video store in Seattle walked off with more than $7,000 worth of Blu-ray DVD movies, according to a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. In all, the crooks got away with Silver Platters' entire Blu-ray movie section -- about 200 discs.

  Now, there are a few ironies surrounding this story:

  • The video store didn't have a video surveillance system in operation.
  • They stole from Silver Platters.
  • The crooks were obviously morning people, as the store's alarm was tripped at 6:40 a.m. on a Sunday morning -- a risky time to be cat burglaring as the church crowd is up and about.
  • The store's vice president said "Genre didn't matter to them" -- but why would any burglar  take the time to pick out AFI's top 100?
  • But perhaps the most curious thing of all is that the thieves seemed to ignore the HD DVDs in the store. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's story didn't say whether or not the store carries HD DVD, but the store's website does. So, what does it say when even crooks know which format is winning the war?

We've written many stories about the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD over the past two years. We've compared it to the competition between VHS and Betamax in the early 1980s in most every way -- including the impact the porn industry may be having on the outcome. So I don't think it's a stretch to speculate that when crooks choose Blu-ray over HD DVD, we should all take notice.

Of course, whether or not this latest news item is actual proof that Blu-ray is beating HD DVD is a matter of opinion. Perhaps a more plausible theory is that the Blu-ray-only theft indicates that the public perception is that one format is the more popular of the two hi-def DVD types. Maybe the theives were in a hurry and didn't know which format they'd chosen.

Then again, the thieves could have been PS3 gamers or have had a connection to the PS3 black market (is there a PS3 black market?).


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