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(Bloomberg)   Having already lost 35% in market cap this year, Sony's boosting research dollars on cloud computing and new displays. I mean, it's gotta do SOMETHING, right?   (bloomberg.com ) divider line
    More: Followup, Sony, image sensor, Tokyo Stock Exchange, imaging science, CMOS, Kazuo Hirai, panasonic, change managements  
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2012-08-28 11:24:54 AM  
Maybe Sony can sell the rights to Spider-man back to Marvel. That oughta make em some kind of money.
 
2012-08-28 11:29:39 AM  
I don't think i've given a serious look at a Sony screen in ages, all mine at home are samsung ones. Hell, even the screen on my psvita was made by samsung.

If sony wants that market back, they better do something damn impressive, at an affordable price.
 
2012-08-28 11:34:29 AM  
Well, if they are going to focus on displays, it sure is a good thing that they sold most of their interest in display production/development to Samsung about 9 months ago.
 
2012-08-28 11:41:17 AM  
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2012-08-28 11:41:43 AM  

Antimatter: I don't think i've given a serious look at a Sony screen in ages, all mine at home are samsung ones.


We bought a Sony HDTV a couple years or so ago. It's decent- great picture, etc., but it annoys the fark out of me because at power up it overlays graphics on the screen for 30 seconds or so- they completely cover up the DirecTV information so you can't see what you're watching. There's no reason for that.

But yeah, if I were out shopping for a new TV right now, Sony would not be one of the ones I hunted down... heck, they're not even as prevalent as they used to be. I have a Philips in my office that looks great when fed a HD signal- the scaler sucks, but OTA and HD feeds look fantastic.
 
2012-08-28 11:42:26 AM  

ThatBillmanGuy: Maybe Sony can sell the rights to Spider-man back to Marvel. That oughta make em some kind of money.


Sorta this I guess. To be honest, Spiderman is one of the lamer mainstream superheros. Not Superman lame, but still...pretty lame.
 
2012-08-28 11:44:41 AM  
I had a 27 inch Trinitron back in the early 90s and a yellow sport walkman with two! audio outs (built in splitter)

Sony has a warm place in my heart, but since all their recent stuff is garbage, Sony does not have a place in my home.

I hope they can find a way to turn it around, their name used to mean something good.
 
2012-08-28 11:58:30 AM  

montreal_medic: I hope they can find a way to turn it around, their name used to mean something good.


Yea, used to. Now I wouldn't even touch a Sony product.

In my latest computer build I didn't bother to add a blu-ray player or burner. A $20 DVD-R works just fine for the ultra rare times I need something for physical media. That extra money was used on a better video card. (Nvidia GTX 670)
 
2012-08-28 12:01:45 PM  
Make the technically best products, spend enough on advertising, charge enough to cover your costs and make a reasonable profit.

Make a Sony Linux; make sure it can play any media format without the stupid rules Windows has, don't overload it with the crap that has traditionally been part of the default Vaio Windows load.

Abandon the MPAA and RIAA. Hire musicians that have music degrees and actors that have succeeded in theater.

Put a radio station in each big market. Hire experienced musicians as dj's and let them play whatever the hell they want.

Your speakers and car stereos sound shrill; your engineers know better. Drop the "Xplod" crap; it's juvinile.
 
2012-08-28 12:19:06 PM  

Foundling: Make a Sony Linux; make sure it can play any media format without the stupid rules Windows has, don't overload it with the crap that has traditionally been part of the default Vaio Windows load.


Yes, they should hang their hat on Linux. Linux is a pillar of market success, after all.

Abandon the MPAA and RIAA. Hire musicians that have music degrees and actors that have succeeded in theater.

This will make them more money how?

Put a radio station in each big market. Hire experienced musicians as dj's and let them play whatever the hell they want.

This will make them more money how?

Even if I liked the idea of what you say, it doesn't make it viable business strategy.
 
2012-08-28 12:20:19 PM  

Foundling: Drop the "Xplod" crap; it's juvinile.


Aftermarket car stereos are a pretty juvenile market for the most part.
 
2012-08-28 12:58:12 PM  

Foundling: Make the technically best products, spend enough on advertising, charge enough to cover your costs and make a reasonable profit.

Make a Sony Linux; make sure it can play any media format without the stupid rules Windows has, don't overload it with the crap that has traditionally been part of the default Vaio Windows load.


It's still got all the problems of a Vaio: Apple prices for Dell quality.

Abandon the MPAA and RIAA. Hire musicians that have music degrees and actors that have succeeded in theater.

Leaving aside the actors -- why hire musicians with music degrees? Those are the people who aren't any good at writing.

Put a radio station in each big market. Hire experienced musicians as dj's and let them play whatever the hell they want.

Because what the world needs is a bunch of Nikki Sixx knockoffs, as if his show isn't terrible enough.

Your speakers and car stereos sound shrill; your engineers know better. Drop the "Xplod" crap; it's juvinile.

As SacriliciousBeerSwiller noted, kids like that, and they're the buyers.

Sony's problem is that they make too much stuff. It's mostly okay stuff, but nothing that really sets them apart. Being involved in so many industries means they're really great at producing a wide range of expensive but mediocre products. They need to focus on doing a few things well.
 
2012-08-28 03:10:59 PM  
Does Sony have anything left of value besides the PS3 and Columbia Pictures?
 
2012-08-28 03:11:09 PM  

RickyWilliams'sBong: Being involved in so many industries means they're really great at producing a wide range of expensive but mediocre products. They need to focus on doing a few things well.


It's not even so much that they're a huge corporation, but that where they once commanded a price slightly above most of their competitors because of higher quality, they ended up just cutting back quality to the same level (or below) that same competition.

I'll pay another $20 for a TV set from manufacturer X if I believe there's a reason to do so- better scaler, sharper image, more inputs, etc. I won't pay another $20-50 just because your products were hot shiat back in the 80s and 90s. The Japanese have largely ceded the consumer electronics market to the Koreans. Think about it- it used to be all about Sony, Toshiba, JVC, Panasonic, and a few others. I haven't seen jack out of JVC in what seems like forever, and the others seem to just be shadows of their former selves while LG and Samsung have grown considerably and are now often considered to be quite decent, if not sometimes spectacular (Samsung has some really nice TVs). Meanwhile, the Chinese have flooded the low end with the garbage that Korea used to be known for.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The real hell of it is they didn't need to, they just assumed that the way things were was the way they would continue to be.
 
2012-08-28 06:50:59 PM  
On my Samsung TV, I can immediately choose what input I want to go to.

On my Sony TV, they force me to scroll through the list one at a time, and wait to display the one before I can switch to the next. It takes about 30 seconds to go through them all. For some weird reason, input 7 takes the longest to load, even though it's the same as input 6 and input 5.

Too bad Sony, the image I have of you in my head now is that you think you know what I want better than I do. And you'll force me to jump through your hoops. When I buy something, I want it to do what I want it to do - not what the company wants. Screw you Sony. Screw you for screwing your customers. And the best part is, you WILL die. The culture in which you work is too conservative to allow the one thing to be done that is necessary to save your company - fire everyone over the age of 35. ESPECIALLY in management.
 
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