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Blockbuster: Down but Not Yet Out?

March 14, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
It came as no surprise to many when Blockbuster declared bankruptcy last September, given the struggling chain’s continued losses. After a lackluster holiday season, it appeared all but certain that the company was headed for Chapter 7 and liquidation. But not so fast! As reported by the Wall Street Journal last week, a judge has decided that a group of hedge funds should be allowed to purchase the company in...

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Best Buy in Your Smartphone

February 21, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Has this ever happened to you? You're in some store, looking at a beautiful new HDTV or other sparkly shiny electronics gear, and the price looks pretty attractive. But you can't quite bring yourself to pull the trigger, because you haven't comparison shopped the item yet. What if you could get it cheaper somewhere else? But that means that you have to leave this store, and drive all around comparing...

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Sue Me, Sue You

February 10, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
I figure I could probably write exclusively about lawsuits in the display and consumer electronics industry, but frankly, I get tired of the stories and I suspect you do too. This one is worth mentioning, however, when you consider the two parties and the venue. LG has announced that it is suing Sony with an International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint that PS3 gaming consoles and some Bravia HDTVs violate LG...

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Tough Times for CE Retailers

February 8, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Some chains are expanding, some are standing still, some are pulling back, and some are just plain going away. In the last category, the final shoe has dropped and Ultimate Electronics has asked the bankruptcy court for permission to throw in the towel. The company has not been able to secure credit for new inventory, and plans to sell off the remaining product to raise cash and pay off its...

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Rovi to Acquire Sonic Solutions

December 27, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The story broke last week that Rovi will acquire Sonic Solutions for more than $700 million. And you are probably saying, "Who cares?" It helps to know who these two companies are. Rovi used to be called Macrovision, and they are responsible for the copy protection schemes that prevent you from copying (or at least make it more difficult to copy) published DVDs. They also provide on-screen program guides. Their...

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Sony Integrates HDTV with PS2

December 9, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Looking for the ideal holiday gift for a college student or someone living in a small flat? Note that I say "flat" instead of "apartment" because this new set is only available in the United Kingdom at this point. Sony has rolled out the new KDL-22PX300, a 22" LCD HDTV with a built-in PS2 video game console. This one device will let you watch television, watch Blu-ray high definition movies,...

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DVDs in Decline

November 17, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
People spent much less money on buying movies on disc in the first nine months of this year than last year, according to research by BTIG Research, as reported by the LA Times. This is in spite of the amount spent on Blu-ray discs nearly doubling in that same period. What's behind the 9% drop? Redbox rentals have to be a big factor, as kiosk rental revenues grew by about...

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Get Ready for Bargains!

November 12, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The HDTV manufacturers are making bold statements about how they've got the inventory problems under control, but it sounds like whistling in the dark to me. A perhaps more honest appraisal of the situation came out this week from the president of the discount consumer electronics retailer, hhgregg, according to a report in TWICE. In a conference call with analysts, Dennis May stated that he expected 3DTV retail prices to...

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Sears “Black Friday Now” Leaked

October 22, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
According to an article in TWICE, the ad flier for the Sears "Black Friday Now" sale on October 29 and 30 has been leaked. The flier has been posted by BFAds.net, which also included some interesting commentary. They point out that they have gone through the 16-page flier and have determined that instead of blockbuster discounts, the items appear to be priced as usual. Maybe we need a new term:...

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‘Tis the Season

October 7, 2010 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Ho, ho, ho, the holiday buying season is upon us. On Tuesday, I received what I think was my very first holiday sales pitch for consumer electronics. Judge for yourself; here's the heading graphic: CompUSA is a division of Tiger Direct, and the company has a reputation for aggressive marketing and attractive prices. (This particular email had a 55" RCA 240 Hz LCD HDTV from RCA for $999.99, and a...

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