LAS VEGAS —
The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) presented Best Buy, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Amazon.com with Retailer of the Year Awards at its 14th annual International CES reception.
The industry trade group, comprised of content providers and CE manufacturers, established the awards to recognize excellence in promoting and merchandising new digital entertainment products and Blu-ray Disc titles during the past year.
Ron Sanders, president of DEG and Warner Home Video, kicked off the festivities by announcing that Hollywood would release 100 3D Blu-ray Disc titles in 2011, giving the 3D category a much-welcomed boost.
Best Buy reclaimed the National Retailer of the Year award within the hardware category for its “visionary approaches to displays and merchandising and support of emerging technologies,” DEG said.
Nebraska Furniture Mart copped Regional Retailer of the Year honors in hardware for its support of complete lines of all hardware categories and demonstrations of new technologies.
The award for Retailer of the Year for Software went to Amazon.com. DEG said its membership overwhelmingly voted for the online retailer for its innovative approach to driving Bluray 3D, as well as creative new consumer promotions behind EST, VOD and MOD.
Separately, Panasonic and Sony Electronics received Emiel N. Petrone Digital Innovation Awards, named in memory of DEG’s founding chairman, in the sight, source and sound categories. The latter went to Sony Electronics for its STR-DA5600ES 7.1 channel network multi-room A/V receiver, while Panasonic took home respective sight and sound awards for its 50-inch TCP50VT25 Viera 3D 1080p plasma TV and DMP-BDT100 FullHD 3D Blu-ray Disc player.