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DEG Names Best Buy Top National Retailer

7 Jan, 2010 By: John Latchem

Star Trek

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group’s annual awards presentation, Jan. 7 at the CES show in Las Vegas, left electronics chain Best Buy sitting pretty with two of the three top retailer awards.

Best Buy earned DEG’s National Retailer of the Year awards for both hardware and software, as voted by DEG members.

HH Gregg Appliances and Electronics, a specialty retailer with locations in eight states in the Midwest and Southeast, was named Regional Retailer of the Year for hardware.

DEG’s Creative Excellence Award Winners for 2009, honoring the top DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases as chosen by a panel of reviewers and industry reporters, took on a decidedly otherworldly flair.

Theatrical Title of the Year went to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, from Paramount Home Entertainment, while Catalog Title of the Year went to The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, from Warner Home Video.

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment won the TV Title of the Year, while Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure earned Non-Theatrical Title of the Year.

Image Entertainment’s The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter was named Music Title of the Year.

On the hardware side, the DEG Emiel N. Petrone Digital Innovation Awards, named in memory of the DEG’s founding chairman and chosen by a panel of product reviewers, acknowledge outstanding digital entertainment products released during the year in the sight, source and sound categories. The Sight award went to Pioneer for the Elite Kuro PRO-141FD HDTV; Source went to LG for the BD390 Blu-ray Disc Player; and Sound went to Marantz for the SR6004 A/V Receiver.

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