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007 comes to physical video's rescue

The British Video Association has revealed that total video sales were up 10.1% in Q1 2013, with physical increasing by 7.2%. This goes against the trend of continued decline, but should only be seen as a minor - and artificially inflated - fillip rather than a recovery, with digital (including streaming) continuing to gain ground at a rapid rate (55.1% over the same quarter a year ago).

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2013
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Beleaguered music & video retailers look to HD DVD and downloads to revive depressed market

UK music & video retailing is poised for a revival as consumers adopt HD DVD technology and retailers strengthen their downloading services. Although the market is set to shrink for the third year running in 2007 - by 2.9% to GBP4 billion - the prospects for remaining specialists are brighter now that many weaker players have exited the market.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2007
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CommentWire

Best Buy: Napster is its best buy

US electricals retailer Best Buy has purchased Napster for GBP67.5 million as part of a strategy to expand its online presence and reach new customers. By enhancing its digital music offer, Best Buy can exploit the synergies with partner Carphone Warehouse to take advantage of the growth potential of the mobile music download market, while mounting a serious challenge to the supremacy of iTunes.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Blockbuster: DVD giant beats predictable retreat from Europe

Blockbuster, the struggling US DVD retailer, is said to be looking for ways to pull out of Europe. Tough market conditions have forced Blockbuster to reconsider its presence in peripheral markets and focus on its core market at home in an attempt to turn the business around.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

CD-Wow: music industry needs to manage public perceptions

Leading UK record companies have demanded that the high court fines Music Trading Online - operator of CD-Wow - for breaking a promise it made in 2004 to stop illegally importing CDs into the UK. While there may well be a legitimate case to be made against the retailer, the PR being generated is doing the beleaguered UK music sector no favors.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Choices UK: bolder moves needed to help turnaround

Just 15 days after Choices UK released a positive set of interim results, the board has issued a profit warning due to poor Easter trading. The announcement illustrates that the retailer is still some way off the stability that it so badly craves.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

ChoicesUK: another victim of market woes

ChoicesUK has fallen into administration after it struggled to cope with a rapidly declining music and video market. The retailer is likely to be broken up as the sector as a whole is reshaped following changing customer trends in regard to the consumption of entertainment products.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2007
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Curtain call for Blockbuster as chain gets put into the bargain bin

The UK arm of video rental chain Blockbuster has become the second entertainment retail casualty on the high street in as many days. Much like HMV, Blockbuster's demise has been a long time coming, with the company slow to react to shifting consumer trends and falling foul of many of the issues that hamstrung its similarly fated high street peer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2013
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CommentWire

Digital downloading: unlocked download tracks the key to success

EMI's announcement that it is to remove Digital Rights Management software from premium digital downloads on iTunes should come as welcome news to retailers. DRM has done little to tackle the issue of piracy and, if anything, is acting as a bar on market growth.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2007
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Digital downloads: Amazon, Google to challenge the big Apple?

Both Amazon and Google are reported to be considering launching music download services. The arrival of these influential players will be a significant step for the sector, whose growth has so far been stunted by the non-compatibility of existing legal download sites. They would also provide a viable alternative to Apple's dominant digital offer.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006

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