What Next For HMV?

Wednesday, January 2 2019
What Next For HMV?

With the retailer in administration for the second time this decade, The Raygun reports on what’s been happening at head office and in stores, assesses the reaction to the news and looks ahead for Nipper and co… “I can’t actually believe we are going through this again. The last time nearly killed me!” Those were […]

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Hologram For A King

Friday, December 21 2018
Hologram For A King

We have seen the future… And it’s hologram-shaped. The Raygun popped down to a busy Bluewater shopping centre in north west Kent this week to get a proper look at the Hypervsn hologram technology that Universal has worked with HMV to trial at a trio of stores in the run-up to Christmas. Placed in the windows, […]

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Your Cassette Pet

Monday, June 25 2018
Your Cassette Pet

As regular readers of The Raygun newsletter and this site will know, we’ve long had a fondness for VHS, the whole rental era and all things video related. In recent years, we’ve waxed lyrical about actual VHS releases – one of the first posts on this site was about Metrodome’s VHS promo cassette for 80s […]

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The Consumer Experience Is King

Tuesday, March 22 2016
The Consumer Experience Is King

HMV’s Rudy Osorio is a long-time champion of the industry, both in his role as head of film and TV at the retailer, and in his involvement in industry organisations, not least as one of the senior retailers at ERA. His presentation at the BASE Industry Forum was one of the highlights of the event […]

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“We Start Industries…”

Friday, September 18 2015
“We Start Industries…”

“Who wants to watch the same film twice?” It’s the video industry’s equivalent of turning down The Beatles, but when Steve Ayres told his former boss at MGM/UA in the early days of the video industry, back in the early 1980s, that was the reply. It would, he was told, never work. But Ayres, one […]

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The Game’s Afoot

Friday, June 19 2015
The Game’s Afoot

It’s been a big week or two for Game Of Thrones. June 11 saw HBO pick up Marketing Campaign Of The Year For Television at the BVA Awards for its work on the third season of the sword and sandals epic. A few days later, the fifth series of the hugely popular programme, which consistently […]

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Blockbuster: The End Of The Line

Friday, March 14 2014
Blockbuster: The End Of The Line

I worked for Blockbuster for more than 13 years, the majority of my working life – starting in a small store in the Midlands before working my way up to head office. I was there through both the good times and the bad. Like many people who later worked for me, Blockbuster was a way […]

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Blockbuster: The Early Years

Thursday, February 27 2014
Blockbuster: The Early Years

As the dust settles on the mighty Blockbuster UK’s rental operation, which once stood over the UK video industry like a big blue behemoth, as all its stores shuttered for the last time, we asked some former Blockbuster employees for their memories, both good and bad, of their time at Blockbuster. And the answers were […]

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Punching Above Your Weight

Sunday, August 11 2013
Punching Above Your Weight

Browsing through the shelves of your local High Street retailer (more often than not HMV) or local supermarket, the consumer is presented with a dazzling array of choices in terms of titles on offer. And as well as the choice of films, from blockbusters that they’re fully aware of, through to DTV titles that have […]

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Goodbye To All That…

Wednesday, June 5 2013
Goodbye To All That…

To say that Gennaro Castaldo leaving HMV marks the end of an era at the retailer – or the whole industry for that matter – is something of an understatement. For almost 28 years, more than a quarter of a century, Castaldo was a constant within our industry and at the retailer. He’d been there […]

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Where Next For HMV?

Thursday, May 2 2013
Where Next For HMV?

One of the key elements of the HMV saga was the amount of column inches, in print and online, devoted to self-professed retail experts offering the retailer advice on what it should do next. And yet among the cacophony of voices shouting at the retailer and administrator Deloitte, few had any working knowledge of the […]

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