Woolies pulls plug on HD DVD

We're used to lamenting the passing of old-school technology like VHS, analogue TVs and cassette tapes from the high street. This normally only occurs

We're used to lamenting the passing of old-school technology like VHS, analogue TVs and cassette tapes from the high street. This normally only occurs long after they've reached their sell-by date, but Woolworths has just axed HD DVD before it's even got started.

After casting an eye over its sales figures for Christmas, the high-street chain has decided 'that's it' for the Toshiba-backed format, and it would be a Blu-ray-only store from now on. Apparently the Sony disc outsold its rival by ten to one when it came to films bought.

That's good news for smug Blu-ray owners, as they'll get a chart and full back catalogue in all 820 stores from March; bad news for loyal HD DVDites, who'll now only be able to buy from Woolies online.

Suddenly that bargain HD DVD player's not looking like such a sweet deal...