Media Alert - Best Buy Canada Announces Plan to Support Customers' Smooth Transition to Blu-ray

    BURNABY, BC, March 19 /CNW/ -

    What:  Since Blu-ray has now won the format war, Best Buy Canada wants
           all Canadians to be able to enjoy and purchase this technology.
           Best Buy Canada is pleased to announce that beginning this week
           (March 21, 2008), the company will offer customers $50 off on the
           purchase of any dedicated Blu-ray player.

           For customers who purchased HD-DVD players and attachments within
           the last year, Best Buy Canada will offer these customers an
           additional $50 Best Buy gift card. Best Buy Canada is dedicated to
           never leave its customers hanging so customers who have purchased
           an HD-DVD player from Best Buy Canada since January 1, 2007, need
           to bring their original receipt from their HD-DVD purchase into
           any Best Buy store in Canada to receive their $50 Best Buy gift

           The gift cards can be used by customers to upgrade their
           technology to Blu-ray, purchase movies or can be used on anything
           else in our stores or online. The gift card from previously
           purchased HD-DVD players may be combined with the $50 Blu-ray

    When:  This offer will begin on Friday, March 21, 2008 and will last
           until Friday, May 2, 2008.

    Why:   Since Blu-ray is now the High-Definition format of choice, Best
           Buy wants both existing HD-DVD owners and other Canadian consumers
           to further enhance their home-theatre experience.

    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
    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: Sarah Coombs, NATIONAL Public Relations, (416)
848-1447 or

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