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Blockbuster preparing for September bankruptcy The next few months might prove to be the swansong of Blockbuster Video.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the company has been discussing with movie studios its intentions to file for bankruptcy in September. Over the last week, Blockbuster executives have met with the heads of six Hollywood studios, informing them of a "pre-planned bankruptcy," in which the company's creditors would agree to the declaration ahead of time.
Blockbuster has been dealing with a debt of nearly $1 billion, and has closed several hundred stores in the last few years.

It's seen surprisingly stiff competition from mail-order services like Netflix and kiosk services like Redbox, and has been trailing behind in its attempts to offer similar services to customers.

Source: Los Angeles Times

 

Denon's 100th birthday bash includes announcement of A100 Anniversary products

Denon Electronics is a hundred years old this year. Yes, the audio equipment manufacturer first set up shop a century ago in Japan. To commemorate its 100-year anniversary, the company has announced an entire series of new audio gear. The A100 Anniversary Product Collection runs the gamut from headphones to A/V receivers to turntable cartridges, and they all commemorate 100 years of Denon right on the chassis.

In home theater components, Denon offers the 9.2-channel AVR-A100 A/V receiver, the PMA-A100 amplifier, the DBP-A100 Blu-ray Disc player, and the DCD-A1000 CD/SACD player, each of which is available for $2,499. For vinyl lovers, Denon announced the DP-A100 direct-drive turntable for $2,499 and the DL-A100 cartridge for $499.

Finally, the AH-A100 are $499 over-ear headphones with a mahogany finish. All A100 products will start shipping in November.

Source: www.soundandvisionmag.com

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