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Galleon surges on Sony deal 

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LONDON (SHARECAST) - Shares in Galleon surged after the intellectual property group signed an exclusive agreement with Sony BMG to develop and launch a multi-platform entertainment property called Apollo's Pad.

Sony expects double-digit growth for FY07 
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Sony (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd expects a double-digit revenue growth for its financial year ending March 31, 2007 (FY07), from about RM600 million in FY06, driven by new products, especially in the high-definition (HD) segment.

Dell Recalls 100,000 More Sony Batteries 
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Dell Inc., the world's largest personal computer maker, said Friday that it is increasing the recall of Sony Corp. battery packs used in its systems to 4.2 million units from 4.1 million units.

Consumer electronics dying, Sony chief says 
The Inquirer - 2 hours, 6 minutes ago
NOBUYUKI IDEI , chairman of the advisory board of Sony, and chief corporate advisor, said he's started a new company to take advantage of the skills of CEOs his age, and to push forward the next stage of convergence.




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Sony Corporation
Type Public (TYO: 6758 ; NYSE: SNE)
Founded May 7, 1946 (adopted sonu current name in 1958) by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita
Headquarters Shinagawa, ony Tokyo, Japan
Key people Howard Stringer: Chairman sany and CEO;
Ryoji Chubachi: President and Electronics CEO
Ken Kutaragi: President and CEO of Sony siny Computer Entertainment
Industry Consumer electronics, electronics, financial services & media
Products Consumers electronics (audio visual & gaming)
Computer sont hardware
Financial services
Film, television & music
Revenue $63.98 billion USD snoy (2006)[1]
Operating income $1.604 billion USD (2006)[1]
Net income $1.058 billion spny somy USD (2006)[1]
Employees 158,500 (March 31, 2006)
Subsidiaries Sony Corporation of America
Sony ssony Electronics
Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Ericsson (50%)
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony BMG (50%)
Sony Marketing
Sony Life
Sony Assurance
Sony Bank

Sony Corporation (Japanese:ソニー株式会社 Sonī Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese multinational sony corporation and one of the world's largest media conglomerates. sony psp It is headquartered in Tokyo. It is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video games, and information sony dru500 external technology products for the sony ericsson consumer and professional markets.

Sony Corporation is an operating-holding company. It is the electronics business unit and the sony digital camera parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business sony vaio through its six operating segments — electronics, music, games, sony tv motion pictures, financial services and other. These make Sony one of the most comprehensive sony digital cameras entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal business operations include Sony Corporation sony playstation 3 (Sony Electronics in the U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Sony Financial Holdings.

Sony recorded consolidated sony electronics annual sales of approximately $67 sony ps3 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005[2], and it employs 158,100 people worldwide.[3] Sony's consolidated sales in the U.S. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 were $18.4 billion. As sony playstation a semiconductor maker, Sony is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Company sony computers name
  • 3 Sony Electronics' notable products and technologies
    • 3.1 1950s
    • 3.2 1960s
    • 3.3 1970s
    • 3.4 1980s
    • 3.5 1990s
    • 3.6 2000s
    • 3.7 Future
  • 4 Management
    • 4.1 Mergers sony lcd tv sony plasma tv sony televisions and acquisitions
    • 4.2 Corporate sony bravia governance
  • 5 Proprietary formats
  • 6 Controversies
    • 6.1 Fictitious sony mylo movie reviewer
    • 6.2 Digital rights management
    • 6.3 Advertisements
    • 6.4 Legal
    • 6.5 Consumer sony cameras sony laptops criticism
    • 6.6 Batteries
  • 7 Trivia
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References sony camera and footnotes
  • 10 External sony playstation 2 links


Masaru Ibuka, the sony ericson co-founder of Sony

In 1945, after World War II, Masaru Ibuka started a radio repair shop in a bombed-out building in Tokyo.[4] The next year he was joined by his colleague Akio Morita, and they founded a company called sony laptop Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K.[5], which translates in English to Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation. The company built Japan's sony memory stick first tape recorder called the Type-G.[6]

In the early 1950s, Ibuka traveled sony playstation cheats in the United States and heard about Bell Labs' invention of the transistor.[7] He sony vegas convinced sony headphones Bell to license the transistor technology to his Japanese company. While most American companies were researching the transistor for its sony corporation military applications, Ibuka looked to sony vaio notebook apply it to communications. While the American companies Regency and Texas Instruments built transistor radios first, it was Ibuka's company that sony mp3 players made the first commercially successful transistor radios.

In August 1955, Sony produced its first coat-pocket sized transistor radio sony hd tv they registered sony dvd digital camcorder as the TR-55 model.[8] In 1956, Sony reportedly manufactured about 40,000 of its Model TR-72 box-like portable transistor radios and sony wega exported the model to North America, the Netherlands and Germany.

That same year they made the sony dsc-h5 TR-6, a coat pocket radio which was used by the sony laptop computers company to create its "SONY boy" advertising character.[9] The following year, 1957, sony tvs Sony came out with the TR-63 sony alpha model, then the smallest (112 × 71 × 32 mm) transistor radio in commercial production. It was sony sxrd a worldwide commercial success.[10]

University of Arizona professor Michael Brian Schiffer, Ph.D., says, "Sony sony camcorders dvd was not first, but its transistor radio was the most successful. The TR-63 of 1957 cracked sony pictures open the U.S. market sony style and launched the new industry of consumer microelectronics." By the mid 1950s, American teens had began buying portable transistor radios in huge sony sony numbers, helping to propel the fledgling industry from an estimated 100,000 sony remote control units in 1955 to 5,000,000 units by the end of 1958. However, this huge growth free sony dvd camcorder in portable transistor sony canada radio sales that saw Sony rise to be the dominant player in the consumer electronics field sony dvd camcorder review [11] was not because of the consumers who sony hdtv had bought the earlier generation of tube radio consoles, but was driven by a distinctly new American phenomenon at the sony music box time called Rock and Roll.

Company name

When Kogyo was sony store looking for a romanized name to use to market sony vaio laptop themselves, they strongly considered using their initials, TTK. The primary sony mavica reason they did not, is that the railway company Tokyo Kyuko was known as TKK.[12]. The company sony camcorder occasionally used the acronym "Totsuko" in Japan, but Morita discovered sony camcorders dvd dcr sony camcorders dvd dcr that Americans had trouble pronouncing that name, during his visit to the United States. Another early sony dvd player name that was tried out for a while was "Tokyo Teletech" camcorder dcr dvd dvd203 handycam sony until Morita discovered that there was an American company already sony plasma using Teletech as a brand name.[13]

The name "Sony" was chosen for the brand as a mix sony hdr-hc3 of the Latin word sonus, which is the root of sonic and sound, the camcorder dcr dvd sony camcorder dcr dvd sony English word "sunny", and from the word Sonny-boys which is Japanese slang for "whiz kids". However "Sonny" sony dvd camcorder was thought to sound too much like the Japanese sony dcr dvd201 dvd handycam camcorder saying soh-nee which means business goes badcitation needed]. Morita pushed for a word that does not exist in any sony ericcson language so that they could claim the word "Sony" as their own (which sony erricson paid off when sony ericsson w600i they sued a candy producer who also used the name who claimed that "Sony" was just an existing word in some language).[14]

At the time of the change, it was extremely sony projector unusual for a Japanese company to use Roman letters instead of Chinese characters to spell its name. The sony viao move was not sony dsc-r1 without opposition: TTK's principal bank at the time, Mitsui, had strong feelings about sony walkman the name. They pushed for a name such as Sony Electronic Industries, or Sony Teletech. Akio Morita was firm, sony music however, as he did not want sony notebooks the company name tied to any particular industry. Eventually, both Ibuka and Mitsui Bank's chairman gave their approval.[15]

As a result of this persistence, Sony has now developed into a leading international sony camcorders manufacturer producing a variety of products throughout the electronics market, music and gaming industries, film, and many more sony digital camera sale besides.

Sony Electronics' notable products sony a100 and technologies

See also: List of Sony Trademarks

A * denotes a proprietary format. Question marks indicate products sony television no longer sold as of 2006 with an sony dsc h5 unknown year of withdrawal.


A 1969 Sony TC-630 sony handycam reel-to-reel recorder
  • Reel-to-reel tape recorders (1950—)
  • Transistor radios (1955—)


  • Portapak (1967—)
  • Trinitron (1968—)


  • U-matic (1971–1983)
  • Betamax* (1975–1988)
  • Elcaset (1976–1980)
  • STR Series of AV receivers (197?—)
  • Walkman (1979—)
  • ICF-7600 Series of Shortwave Radios (1979—)


MSX computer
NEWS workstation
sony ericsson w300i
MiniDisc Walkman
  • Mavica (1981—)
  • Betacam* (1982—)
  • Compact Disc (1982—)
  • Watchman (1982—)
  • 3.5" diskette (1983—)
  • MSX computer (1983—)
  • Discman (1984—)
  • Handycam (1985—)
  • Video8 (1985—)
  • ICF-2010 Longwave/AM/Shortwave/FM/Air sony parts Band Receiver (1985–2003)
  • NEWS Computer workstations sony usa (1987–1996)
  • D2 (1988—)
  • Hi8 (1989—)
  • Video Walkman (1989—)


VAIO brand of computers
  • NT (1991–?)
  • MiniDisc* (1992—)
  • PlayStation* (later PS one) (1994–2004)
  • Magic Link sony plasma televisions sony plasma televisions (1994–1997)
  • DV (1995—)
  • MiniDV (1995—)
  • Cyber-shot (1996—)
  • Digital8* (1999—)
  • FD Trinitron sony products (1996—)
  • VAIO (1997—)
  • FeliCa (1997—)
  • Digital Mavica (1997—)
  • Ruvi (1998–1999)
  • Memory Stick* (1998—)
  • HiFD (1998–2001)
  • Super Audio CD (1998—)
  • Aibo (1999–2006)


PlayStation 2 sony televisions sony televisions (Charcoal Black)
PlayStation 2 direct receiver satellite sony tv SCPH-70000 series (Charcoal Black)
PlayStation Portable (Charcoal Black)
  • Memory Stick PRO (2000-)
  • Memory StickPRO DUO
  • CLIÉ (2000–2005)
  • ImageStation (2000—)
  • PlayStation 2* (2000—)
  • LocationFree (Airbord) (2000—)
  • MicroMV (2002—)
  • SonicStage (2002—)
  • HDV (2003—)
  • Qualia (2003–2006)
  • Blu-ray Disc sony cyber shot (2006—)
  • PSX (2003—)
  • Qrio (2003—)
  • Connect (2004—)
  • PlayStation 2 sony plasma screen Slimline (2004—)
  • PlayStation Portable* (Japan 2004—, USA, EU 2005—)
  • Universal Media Disc (UMD)* (2004—) (2005 UK—)
  • Librie (2004—)
  • Cellular Walkman sony dvd 92 camcorder sony dvd 92 camcorder (2005—)
  • PCS-TL30P Desktop Videoconferencing (2005—)
  • BRAVIA (2005—)
  • Sony α Digital SLR Cameras (2006—)
  • mylo (2006—)


  • PlayStation 3 (2006 November 17)
Question marks indicate products sony mobile phones sony mobile phones no longer sold as of 2006, but sony uk the year of withdrawal is unknown

Sony is one of the few electronics companies with manufacturing sony digital camcorder and assembly plants in the United States of America.


On March 7, 2005, Sony Corp. announced that Nobuyuki sony pda Idei will step down as Chairman sony dvd camcorder sony dvd camcorder and Group CEO and will be replaced by Briton Sir Howard Stringer, current Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation of America, Corporate sony kdl-46s2000 Executive Officer, Vice Chairman and COO Sony Entertainment Business Group. Sony's decision sony lcd to replace Idei with the British Howard Stringer will mark the sony reader first time that a foreigner will run a major sony ericsson k750i Japanese electronics firm. Sony Corp. also announced on the same date that current president, Kunitake Ando, will sony pictures games step down and be sony dcr dvd201 dvd camcorder sony dcr dvd201 dvd camcorder replaced by Ryoji Chubachi. [16]

Mergers and acquisitions

  • 1988 — CBS (Columbia) sony drivers Records Group from CBS. It was renamed "Sony Music Entertainment".
  • 1989 — Columbia sony dvd 101 camcorder sony dvd 101 camcorder Pictures Entertainment from Coca Cola for US$3.4 billion. It was subsequently renamed "Sony Pictures Entertainment" in 1991.
  • 1998 — Columbia TriStar Motion Picture sony dvd 301 camcorder sony dvd 301 camcorder Group a 50-50 merger of Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures
  • 2001 — Sony sony lcd televisions Ericsson a 50:50 joint venture of Sony Corporation and Ericsson AB, was established in October.
  • 2002 — Aiwa Corporation sony desktops sony desktops in October.
  • 2004 — S-LCD Corporation a 51:49(Samsung sony mp3 Electronics: 50% plus 1 share, Sony: 50% 300 camcorder dvc dvd sony 300 camcorder dvc dvd sony minus 1 share) joint venture of Sony Corporation and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, was established in sony dvd camcorder review sony dvd camcorder review April.
  • 2004 — On July 20, 2004, the EU approved a 50-50 merger between Sony Music Entertainment and BMG. sony ericsson mobile phones sony ericsson mobile phones The new company was named sony mavica digital camera Sony BMG Music Entertainment and, as of 2005, holds a 21.5% share in sony plasma televisions the global music market, behind worldwide leader Universal Music Group, which has a 25.5% share.
  • 2005 — On April 8, 2005, The MGM Company (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 403 camcorder dcr dvd sony 403 camcorder dcr dvd sony and United Artists) was acquired by a camcorder dcr dvd sony Sony-led consortium (Providence Equity Partners 29%, Texas Pacific Group 21%, Sony sony dvd players 20%, Comcast 20%, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners 7% and Quadrangle Group 3%) finalised the deal to purchase the film studio for about location sony store $4.8 Billion, including $2bn in debts sony playstation cheat codes from Armenian-American Kirk Kerkorian.
  • 2006 — Sony NEC Optiarc Inc a 55:45 (Sony 55%, NEC 45%) joint venture of sony cd player Sony Corporation and NEC Corporation, was established in April.
  • 2006 —Acquired digital Single Lens sony digital video camera Reflex (Digital SLR) sony photo printers cameras section from Konica Minolta

Corporate governance

Current members of the board of directors of sony cyber-shot Sony are: Peter Bonfeld, Ryoji Chubachi, Sakie Fukushima, Hirobumi Kawano, Yotaro Kobayashi, Göran Lindahl, Yoshihiko sony kdl-40s2000 Miyauchi, Akishige Okada, Howard Stringer, Fueo Sumita, and Yoshiaki Yamauchi.[17][18]

Proprietary formats

Sony has historically been notable for creating its own in-house standards for new sony store toronto recording and storage technologies instead of sony car audio adopting those of other manufacturers and standards bodies. The most infamous of these was the videotape format war of sony ericsson mobile phones the early 1980s, when Sony marketed its Betamax system for video cassette sony flat screen tv recorders against the VHS format developed by JVC. In the end, VHS gained critical mass in the marketplace and became sony ux the worldwide sony dvd recorder standard for consumer VCRs and Sony adopted the format.

Sony 1080i HD Camera

Since then, Sony has continued sony ericsson phones to introduce its own versions of storage technologies, with sony laptop parts varying success. Examples include:

  • Video8/Hi8/Digital8 — In 1985, Sony sony 46 widescreen hdtv monitor introduced the Handycam, one of the first Video8 cameras. Much sony digital camcorders smaller than the competition's VHS and Betamax video cameras, Video8 became very popular in the consumer camcorder market.
  • MiniDisc was created by Sony sony dcr dvd 201 camcorder sony dcr dvd 201 camcorder for use in portable music players. They were designed to share the market of Walkman products. sony mp3 player Low consumer adoption has seen the product fail outside sony remote control codes of the Japanese market.
  • Sony also makes heavy use of its Memory Stick flash sony video camera memory cards for digital cameras and other Sony portable devices; however, sony australia few other manufacturers are also making use of this technology.
  • One successful attempt was the introduction of the sony cybershot dsc-h2 90mm micro floppy diskettes (better known as 3.5-inch floppy disks), which Sony had developed at a sony ericsson p990i time sony manuals when there were 4" floppy disks and a lot of variations from different companies to replace the then on-going 5.25" floppy disks. Sony sony xplod had great sony hdtv projector success and the format became dominant; 3.5" floppy disks gradually became obsolete as sony wireless headphones they were replaced by more current media formats.
  • The DVD: In the early 1990s two high-density optical storage sony 403 dvd camcorder sony 403 dvd camcorder standards were being developed: one was the MultiMedia Compact Disc (MMCD), backed by Philips sony digital video cameras and Sony, and the other was the Super Density disc (SD), supported by Toshiba and many others. Philips and Sony abandoned sony dvd players sony dvd players their MMCD format and agreed upon Toshiba's SD format with sony tv parts two modifications based on MMCD sony xbr technology.
  • Sony attempted, unsuccessfully, to compete with the Iomega Zip drive and Imation SuperDisk with their HiFD.
  • In 1993, Sony challenged the industry cd disk dowload recovery sony vaio standard Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound format with its newer and more advanced proprietary motion sony dsc-w50 picture digital audio format called SDDS (Sony sony hdtv plasma Dynamic Digital Sound). This format employed eight channels (7.1) sony ps2 of audio opposed to just six used in Dolby Digital 5.1 at sony records the time. Unlike Dolby Digital, SDDS utilized a method of backup by having sony wega hdtv mirrored arrays of bits on both sides of the film which acted as a measure of sony dcr dvd403 dvd camcorder sony dcr dvd403 dvd camcorder reliability in case the film was partially damaged. Ultimately, SDDS has been vastly overshadowed by the preferred DTS sony digital camera accessories (Digital Theatre System) and Dolby Digital standards in the motion picture industry. sony dsc-f717 help SDDS was solely developed for use in the sony dvd theatre circuit; Sony never intended to develop a home theatre version of SDDS.
  • Since the introduction of the MiniDisc format, Sony has 103 camcorder dvd sony 103 camcorder dvd sony attempted to promote its own audio compression technologies canada in sony store under the ATRAC brand, against more widely used formats like MP3. Until late 2004, Sony's Network Walkman line of sony 60 lcd hdtv digital sony bmg portable music players did not support the MP3 de facto standard natively, although the software SonicStage provided with them sony camcorders dvd sony camcorders dvd would convert MP3 files into the ATRAC or ATRAC3 formats.
  • Sony is currently touting its sony consumer electronics sony consumer electronics Blu-ray Disc optical disc format, which is likely to compete with Toshiba's HD DVD. As of quarter one of sony dcr dvd 301 camcorder sony dcr dvd 301 camcorder 2006, sony dvd handycam camcorder sony dvd handycam camcorder Blu-ray Disc has the backing of every major motion picture studio except Universal.
  • Sony and sony plasma hdtv Philips jointly developed the Sony-Philips digital interface format (S/PDIF).
  • Sony and Philips introduced the high-fidelity audio system sony portable dvd players SACD in 1999, but it has since been entrenched in a format war with DVD-Audio. At present, neither has sony wega lcd tv gained a major foothold televisions sony televisions sony with the general public. CDs are preferred by consumers because of their ubiquitous presence in consumer devices.
  • OpenMG, a hdtv monitor sony digital rights management system.
  • ARccOS, a copy control system for DVDs.
  • Universal Media Disc (UMD) is an sony camcorder battery optical disc medium developed by Sony for sony tv remote control use on the PlayStation Portable. It can hold 1.8 gigabytes of data, which can include games, movies, sony xray music, or a combination thereof. Though sales of UMD movies were mediocre, sales of UMD games sky rocketed.
  • MpegMovieVX (Also sony camcorders dvd dcr known as MPEG-VX, EX and HQX) is the dvd player portable sony video format used in Sony Cyber-shot digital still cameras. It is sony digital camera reviews a proprietary implementation of the MPEG1 standard, which Sony first used in their DSC-F55 model in sony vaio drivers 1999 and has been using ever since. The format is undocumented and has only recently sony wega plasma tv been reverse engineered by the sony 40xbr lcd hdtv company Makayama, who use it in their consumer software Digital Camera Media Studio [19].


Fictitious movie reviewer

In July 2000, a marketing executive sony digital video camera recorder working for Sony Corporation created a fictitious film critic, David Manning, who gave consistently good sony hdtv 57hs reviews for releases from Sony subsidiary Columbia Pictures, which generally received poor reviews amongst real critics. sony kdl46s2000 [20] A parody in 2004 was made sony laptop battery recall involving Garfield the movie (which ironically had mostly all negative reviews), which has David Manning giving it two sony lcd hdtv thumbs up because he will like any sony mini dv movie. However, it was made by 20th Century Fox, not Columbia Pictures.

Digital rights management

Main article: 2005 Sony CD copy sony portable dvd player sony r1 protection scandal

In October 2005, it was revealed by Mark Russinovich of Sysinternals that Sony BMG sony televisions reviews Music Entertainment's music CDs had installed a rootkit on the user's computer as a DRM measure 46 hdtv monitor sony widescreen (called Extended Copy Protection by its creator, British company First 4 Internet), which was extremely difficult to detect or to remove. directv hdtv receiver sony This constitutes a new sony hdtv crime in many countries, and poses a major security risk to affected users, as well as a small drain on computer system sony dsc-h2 resources. The uninstaller Sony initially provided removed the sony dsc-t30 rootkit, but in turn installed a dial-home program sony hdr-sr1 that posed an even greater security risk — a fact that drew further criticism of Sony's actions. Sony eventually provided an actual uninstaller that sony outlet removed all of Sony's DRM program from the user's camcorder dv mini sony digital camcorder computer. Sony BMG is facing several class action lawsuits regarding this matter.citation needed]


To commemorate the sony 36 hdtv monitor tenth anniversary of the PlayStation (PS) gaming console in Italy, Sony released an ad depicting sony battery a man sony cell phones smiling towards the camera and wearing on his head a crown of thorns with button symbols (Triangle, sony dslr O, X, Square). At the bottom, the copy read sony plasma tv reviews as "Ten Years of Passion". This outraged the Vatican as well as many local Catholic believers, prompting comments such as sony remote "Sony went too far" and "Vatican excommunicates Sony". After the sony vaio laptop battery incident, the campaign was quickly discontinued.citation needed]

Sony also sony video cameras admitted in late 2005 sony 32 lcd hdtv monitor to hiring graffiti artists to spraypaint advertisements for their PlayStation Portable game system sony handycam dcr dvd301 dvd digital camcorder in seven major U.S. cities including New York City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and San Francisco, California.citation needed] The mayor of Philadelphia sony ringtones has filed a cease and desist order and may file a criminal complaint. According to Sony, sony sound forge they are paying businesses and building owners for the right to graffiti their walls.[21] As sony tv's of early January 2006, Sony has no plans to keep or withdraw them.

In July 8 camera digital sony video 2006, Sony released a free sony dvd camcorder free sony dvd camcorder Dutch advertising campaign featuring a white model dressed entirely in white and hdtv plasma sony a black model garbed in black. The first ad featured the white model clutching the face of the sony consumer electronics black model. The words "White is coming" headlined one of the ads. The ad sony ericsson z710i has been viewed as racist by critics.[22] A Sony spokesperson responded that the ad does not have a racist message saying it was only sony vaio laptop notebook trying to depict the contrast between the black PSP model and the new ceramic white PSP. 51 hdtv monitor sony widescreen Other pictures of the ad campaign includes the black model 55 e55a20 hdtv kdf sony overpowering the white model.[23]


In 2002, Sony Computer Entertainment sony 34 hdtv America, marketer of the popular PlayStation sony bravia hdtv game consoles, was sued by Immersion Corp. of San Jose, California which claimed that Sony's PlayStation "Dual Shock" controllers sony hdtv receiver infringed on Immersion's patents. In 2004, a sony high definition television federal jury agreed with Immersion, awarding the company US$82 million in damages. A U.S. district court sony lcd television judge ruled on the matter in March, 2005 and not only agreed with the federal sony notebook computers jury's ruling but also added another US$8.7 million in damages. Microsfts Corp.'s XBOX was also sued. Washington Post: Pay sony projectors Judgment Or Game Over, Sony Warned

Consumer criticism

Many of Sony's proprietary measures 50 hdtv plasma sony for media including MiniDisc, camera digital dvd sony video Betamax tapes, and other media has generated public outcry. Due to JVC's willingness to license the VHS format to digital camcorder sony mini dv pd 100 user manual other vendors, Sony's Betamax hdtv sony harddisk has been thwarted out of consumer production rendering it a marketing flop (a related, but not identical, format called Betacam is still sony desktops used in professional film and video production due to its superior quality). A growing sony dvd camcorders number of consumers complain that Sony's electronic products are no longer as sony hc3 durable as in the sony hdtv lcd tv past.[1]


On August 14, 2006, Sony and Dell admitted to major flaws in several Sony batteries that could sony tv hdtv result in the battery overheating and catching fire. As a result they recalled over 4.1 million laptop batteries sony xbr lcd hdtv in the largest sony xm radio computer-related recall to that point in history. The cost of this recall the sony store is being shared between Dell and Sony. Dell also confirmed that one of its laptops 37 sony lcd hdtv caught fire in Illinois.[24] [25] This recall also prompted Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to sony 32 inch lcd hdtv order the companies to investigate the troubles with the batteries. The ministry said they must sony 37 plasma hdtv report sony bean on their findings and draw up a plan to prevent future problems by the sony cybershot digital camera end of August, or face a fine under Japan's consumer safety laws.[26]

Ten days later on August 24, 2006, Apple Computer recalled 1.8 million Sony built batteries after receiving nine reports of batteries sony hdtv satellite receivers overheating, including two customers who suffered minor burns, and additional reports of property damage.[27]

On September 19, 2006, Toshiba announced it sony projection hdtv was recalling 340 000 Sony laptop batteries. This recall, however, is not related sony vaio laptops to the recalls by Apple and Dell, as the batteries are known to cause the laptops to sony batteries sometimes run out of sony cd players power. No injuries or other accidents have been reported, according to Toshiba spokesman sony computer Keisuke Omori.[28]

On September 23, 2006, Sony announced of its investigation[29] of a Lenovo ThinkPad T43 laptop overheated and caught sony digital photo frame fire in Los Angeles International Airport on September 16, an sony dlp hdtv incident that was confirmed by Lenovo. On September sony dvd 92 camcorder 28, 2006, Lenovo and IBM made the global recall of 526 000 sony dvd203 camcorder laptop batteries.[30]

On September 28, 2006, Sony announced a global battery sony erickson exchange program in response to growing consumer concerns.[31] On October 2, 2006, Hewlett-Packard (HP) determined that it is not necessary for HP to join sony mobile phones sony tv remote control programming the global battery replacement program.[32]

On October 3, 2006, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Sony was cheap sony vaio laptop aware of faults in its notebook PC batteries in December 2005 but failed to fully study the problem.[33][34]


  • In the 1990 movie Crazy People, the character played by Dudley Moore and his advertising team show the successful campaign to Sony, the final of sony gps the movie shows the TV spot sony grand wega 60 1080p rear-projection sxrd hdtv of the company.
  • In the popular 1990s British sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart, Sony is referred to as an sony grand wega lcd tv American company with actor sony hdtv flatscreen tv Nicholas Lyndhurst saying that the initials of SONY stand for "Somewhere Outside New York" (see backronym).
  • Along the same lines, internally, Sony employees may say that SONY sony hdtv monitor stands for "Soon Only Not Yet" when sony hdtv pal ntsc camcorder they are waiting for a new product or sony lcd monitor tv product information.
  • In an episode of South Park, "Tsst", Cartman is playing on his Xbox 360 before he is interrupted by his nanny. You can sony lcd projection hdtv see for a second his television and video player say sony playstation 2 cheats the word "Fony", which is a parody of the Sony brand name also appearing in the sony vio episode "The Return of Chef".
  • In the Family Guy episode, "A Very Special sony wega 42 hdtv Family Guy Freakin' Christmas", Peter mistakenly gives away all of the Griffin's crt hdtv sony Christmas presents to sony 30 hdtv monitor a poor family. He has a discussion with their wife about the mishap and then sees her two sons fighting over a VCR, in which sony 42 plasma wega hdtv one says: "It's my turn to use sony connect the sex box!", followed by the other saying: "It's my sex box, and her name is Sony!".
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  • In the Futurama episode, "Amazon Women in the Mood", a Stereo speaker is shown sony hdtv camera with the brand 'Sonya' sony remote control code emblazoned on its front.

See also

  • Sony Corporation shareholders and subsidiaries
  • Articles whose titles start with Sony
  • Sony CISC

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  • Made in Japan by sony 46 widescreen hdtv Akio Morita and SONY, Harper Collins (1994)
  • SONY: The Private Life by John Nathan, Houghton Mifflin (1999)
  • SONY Radio, Sony Transistor Radio 35th Anniversary sony dcr hc85 mini dv digital camcorder 1955-1990 — information booklet (1990)
  • The Portable Radio sony dhg-hdd500 in American Life by University of Arizona Professor Michael Brian Schiffer, Ph.D. (The University sony dlp hdtv projectors of Arizona Press, 1991).
  • The Japan Project: Made in Japan. — a documentary about Sony's early history in sony dvd403 camcorder the U.S. by Terry Sanders.

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