Thieves broke into a music and movie retailer in Seattle on Sunday morning, stealing about $7.000 worth of merchandise, and - quite possibly - ending the high definition format war.
After all, when a thief thinks he won't be able to sell your product for pennies on the dollar, you may have a problem convincing ordinary consumers to fork over their hard earned cash at something close to retail price.
We'll let Mike Batt explain... he's a vice president for Silver Platters - an independent retailer with four stores in the Seattle area - and he's been quoted tonight in the Seattle Post Intelligencer:
"They seemed to know what they wanted."
What was missing?
"They basically took our whole Blu-ray section... genre didn't matter to them."
We called the store to verify this and were told that, yes, they were wiped out of Blu-ray Discs on Sunday, about seven thousand bucks worth.
We then asked if they sold both high definition formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray.
Once again, the answer was yes. But they still have a "good selection" of HD DVDs, as none were taken.
So there you have it, my friends... Blu-ray: backed by Sony, preferred by Blockbuster... and thieves.
(By the way, if you have any information about the burglary at the Northgate Silver Platters location, please call the Seattle police non-emergency line at 206.625.5011.)
[Previously: Pigs Fly]