Major film and music studios club together to try and save HMV


Update 21.01.13

HMV will start accepting gift vouchers again from Tuesday, January 22nd administrator Deloitte has confirmed. Previously it had said that gift cards could not be redeemed in store.

Given that many people received HMV vouchers for Christmas, that's good news. Deloitte says it can now honour the vouchers after assessing HMV's financial position.

Published 20.01.13

The threat of cut-throat pricing by internet retailers and supermarkets has led the world's biggest music labels and film studios to put together a rescue package to save troubled retailer HMV, reports The Sunday Times.

They fear domination of music and film distribution by the likes of Amazon, Tesco and iTunes if HMV goes under.

Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony are set to cut the price of CDs and DVDs, and give HMV generous credit terms in a last-ditch attempt to save the High Street chain. The rescue bid is also expected to get backing from 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

Although it is now in the hands of administrators Deloitte, HMV still accounts for one fifth of DVD and music sales in the UK.

According to The Sunday Times, investment company Hilco, which specialises in saving struggling retailers such as Habitat, is the preferred bidder for HMV.

Deloitte has already said it is "actively seeking a purchaser for the business and its assets”.

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via The Sunday Times

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.