Posts Tagged ‘Sony’

Dissident ShopHQ Group Now Calls For COO To Be Booted

November 5, 2013

A dissident shareholder group is not letting up on ShopHQ, continuing to demand that the current management be ousted.

We blogged last week about The Clinton Group’s call for ShopHQ, formerly ShopNBC, to dump CEO Keith Stewart because of the poor performance of the No. 3 home shopping network.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/shareholders-call-for-shophq-to-can-ceo-but-it-says-no-no-no/

Well, there were two press reports Monday about The Clinton Group still being on the war path. The New York Post wrote that the shareholder group, which has a 5 percent stake in ShopHQ, was also calling for ShopHQ Chief Operating Officer Carol Steinberg to be canned.

http://nypost.com/2013/11/03/investor-looks-into-replacing-shophqs-2nd-in-command/

The paper said that The Clinton Group skewered Steinberg because she had posts on Facebook that indicated she is in Philly on Mondays and Fridays, far away from the network’s HQ in Minnesota. The shareholder group made this accusation during a presentation to the company’s board, according to the Post.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-11-04/clinton-group-seeking-change-at-valuevision-media

Meanwhile, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that The Clinton Group is demanding a shareholder meeting to reshuffle ShopHQ’s board. The group wants most of the board’s current members removed and for seven new nominees put in, picked from a roster of execs that includes former Home Shopping Network CEO Mark Bozek and former Sony Music Chairman (and Mariah Carey ex-husband) Tommy Mottola.

The beat goes on.

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Duh, New York Times: Did Apple Ruin Its Image By Going On HSN?

September 27, 2012

The knuckleheads in the U.S. press just can’t seem to get it through their thick noggins that home shopping networks are not longer just cubic zirconia emporiums. The latest example is the venerable, but totally out of touch, New York Times.

The broadsheet posted a blog Wednesday with the headline “Would a Home-Shopping TV Appearance Damage a High-End Brand?” It raises the question of whether Emmy-winning makeup artist Eve Pearl should appear on ShopNBC with her cosmetics line.

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/would-a-home-shopping-appearance-damage-a-high-end-brand/

Eve Pearl

The blog says that Pearl worried “whether the mass sales platform offered a good fit for her high-end cosmetics.” We think that the very topic is more reflective of The Times’ attitude, and looking down its nose, at home shopping.

The blog then quotes three experts about whether they would advise Pearl to go on ShopNBC.

One of them, Bethany Karlyn, actually knew the score.

“Maintaining a high-end brand image in a home-shopping venue is not the challenge it once was,” she told The Times. “In fact, she’ll find herself in good company. The schlock impression has changed with high-end brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Benefit, Lancôme, Vincent Longo, Lorac and Shiseido, on HSN. On QVC, Perricone has a two-ounce product selling for $495.”

Not for nothing, but stellar brands such as Apple, Sony, Bobbi Brown, Dennis Basso, Robert Lee Morris, Judith Ripka — to name just a tiny few — don’t seem to be any worse for the wear by appearing on HSN and QVC.

Duh.

Is Bigger Really Better? ShopNBC To Launch Mitsubishi 65-Inch HDTV With BluRay 3D

July 17, 2010

ShopNBC will have the exclusive, national launch of Mitsubishi’s 65-inch, 3D-Ready HDTV with complete BluRay 3D Home Theater Kit on Sunday, the network said Friday.

The TV set will have all components viewers need to achieve a full BluRay 3D experience in the comfort of their home. “For instant gratification,” according to the press release, customers will receive a full BluRay 3D starter kit with two active shutter 3D eyeglasses, a matching emitter, Mitsubishi’s new BluRay 3D Adapter, a Sony 3D BluRay player, HDMI Cables, and a Disney 3D Showcase BluRay disc.

ShopNBC's Mitsubishi 65-inch HDTV

“3D technology has garnered a lot of media attention lately, and the public has shown that they want to be part of the revolution,” ShopNBC electronics guest expert Elliot Smith said in a canned statement. “Mitsubishi has developed a television that is not only 3D-ready, but also is of the highest quality. Even if customers choose not to take advantage of the 3D capabilities that come with this TV, they can still experience a stunning, rich picture for all their entertainment needs. Another bonus, the Mitsubishi TV comes with the Sony 3D BluRay player, allowing Internet-streaming capabilities. This way, customers can enjoy streaming online videos on a 65-inch HDTV.”

And that isn’t all from Smith.

“Mitsubishi isn’t focused only on high quality, but on simplicity as well. Mitsubishi has taken out all the guesswork of an in-home BluRay 3D experience by incorporating a start-to-finish BluRay 3D kit,” he said. “Customers will receive everything they need for a complete BluRay 3D experience in an easy, hassle-free set-up – all at a price that won’t break the bank.”

Rod Ghormley, ShopNBC’s vice president of home and electronics, said in his canned statement, “As the preferred destination for top values in electronics, we are thrilled to showcase this exclusive, national launch of the new Mitsubishi 3D-Ready HDTV with complete BluRay 3D Home Theater Kit on our multi-media network. Customer trends have shown strong interest and demand for 3D-ready technology and large screen TVs. Now we are able to meet and exceed our customer’s lifestyle needs with a show-stopping, easy-to-use entertainment package.”

ShopNBC Covers International CES Show With Online Reports From The Floor In Vegas

January 10, 2010

Dave King

In a clever move, ShopNBC is offering some nifty reporting from the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on its Web site, tying in interviews with big manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic to products the home shopping channel is selling.

ShopNBC host Dave King, an alum of QVC, conducts interviews of vendors on the floor of the huge show (we were laid off just after attending last year’s CES show). And he actually does a decent job, talking about the hot news at the CES this year, namely 3D-TV sets.

King does reports on the latest on TV sets, GPS systems, cameras and camcorders, and computer notebooks.

With consumer electronics the big growing catetory on home shopping channels, we think it was a smart move for ShopNBC to be at the CES.