Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA), a buying group representing 62 specialty A/V dealers and installers with $500 million in value have announced that they will be exclusively backing Blu-ray Disc. According to an internal study, 92% of all high-definition disc players sold by members were Blu-ray, while the remaining 8% were mostly combo Blu-ray/HD DVD players.
â€œThe industry looks to HTSA as an expert for custom home theater, built upon a foundation of the top consumer electronic retailers across the country,â€ said executive director Richard Glikes. â€œBased on our member research and observations in the field, it is clear that HTSA customers have made Blu-ray Disc their preferred HD format for movies and other packaged video content.â€
Sony took the opportunity to jump on the coattails of this announcement:
In a statement, Jay Vandenbree, president of consumer sales for Sony Electronics, Blu-rayâ€™s chief proponent and developer, lauded HTSAâ€™s move. â€œAt a time when ever-changing technology tests just how much one can know about everything, HTSA has chosen Blu-Ray Disc as the format they support. I think it speaks volumes when support comes from those who specialize in home theater, and are closest to the consumer.â€
Picked up from Blu-ray.com.