Media Alert - Best Buy Canada Acknowledges Blu-ray as winner for High-Definition Player Format

    BURNABY, BC, Feb. 19 /CNW/ -

    What:  Following an announcement made earlier today by Toshiba, Best Buy
           Canada will shift its focus to promote the Blu-ray format to its
           customers for their high definition format choice.

           Best Buy Canada currently carries a vast selection of Blu-ray
           hardware and software products and will continue to expand that
           assortment as new hardware and software titles become available.

           Best Buy will support its customers who have purchased HD-DVD
           players by continuing to offer HD movie titles as part of its
           current product assortment, while consumer demand exists.

           Over the coming months, Best Buy Canada will transition out of the
           HD-DVD player business.

    When:  Beginning early March, Best Buy Canada will prominently showcase
           Blu-ray hardware and software products in its stores and online at
  Best Buy's usual return policy will apply for
           previously purchased HD-DVD products.

    Why:   Moving forward, Best Buy Canada believes that providing consumers
           with clarity will allow for a more seamless inclusion of this
           technology into the home theatre suite.

    About Best Buy Stores - Canada

    Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy
Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:  BBY). Best
Buy is Canada's fastest-growing retailer and e-tailer ( of
consumer electronics, computers and entertainment products and also operates
the Geek Squad (, a technology service provider specializing
in computer support and home theatre installation. There are over 50 stores in
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and
Nova Scotia.
    Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest
technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure
(non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and
their local communities and has a comprehensive community relations program
described at
    For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit

For further information:

For further information: Scott Morris, Best Buy Canada, (778) 452-3412,; Heather Seabrook, Best Buy Canada, (604) 412-1011,

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