Blu-ray has gotten some big support.

In a story from Twice, the "Home Theater Specialists of America (HTSA), the $500 million buying group for A/V specialty dealers and installers, has formally confirmed that it is backing Blu-ray Disc technology based on sales trends among its 62 members."

This announcement was made "during the recent CEDIA Expo that it will make Blu-ray its exclusive format choice for high-definition disc players. According to the results of an internal study released today, 92 percent of category sales by HTSA members were in Blu-ray players, with the balance comprised mostly of dual-format players that combine BD and HD-DVD playback capability."

The HTSA said that it hopes its support of Blu-ray disc will "strengthen retailer commitment to providing more BD-based devices to meet growing consumer demand."

"The industry looks to HTSA as an expert for custom home theater, built upon a foundation of the top consumer electronic retailers across the country," offered executive director Richard Glikes. "Based 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."

Evan Jacobs