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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 19, 2007 0 comments
Sony BMG is suing one of two developers of digital rights management schemes that spooked consumers, compromised the security of their PCs, and forced the music label to pay settlements in numerous lawsuits.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 11, 2008 0 comments
Four major labels dominate the recording industry and Sony BMG has been one of them. But until now, Sony has controlled only half of the company. The other half was owned by Germany's Bertelsmann, which brought the historic RCA Records catalogue to the party, among other things. Well, Sony is buying Bertelsmann's 50 percent stake in the company, giving it total control of what will now become known as Sony Music Entertainment.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 09, 2006 0 comments
Sales of CDs will drop to half of current levels within three years, according to a grim forecast from a British record executive. (The very phrase "record executive" seems woefully out of date.) Here's what Jed Doherty, head of Sony BMG in the U.K., had to say: "We figure the value of CD sales will be 50% less in three years than it is now. We predict digital growth of 25% per year, but it is not enough to replace the loss from falling CD sales. By 2010 we will be 30% behind in terms of revenues. We have to reinvent. We are running our businesses like it is 1982." The industry conference Doherty was addressing in Manchester also saw calls for the end of DRM that prevents iPods from playing non-iTunes downloads and iTunes purchases from being played on non-iPod players, according to The Guardian: "Mr. Doherty said the current situation was 'stupid' while Mike Smith, managing director of Columbia Records UK, predicted that the rights management regime would be gone within a year."
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 20, 2008 0 comments
Sony has unveiled a 32-inch LCD TV that the company says has the world's lowest power consumption at that size.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 27, 2008 0 comments
Two new Blu-ray players were among the highlights of a major Sony product introduction yesterday in Las Vegas.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 10, 2009 0 comments
Were you planning to buy a Sony Bravia TV or Blu-ray player in the near future? If so, the company will throw in a free streaming movie, and you'll get to see it a month before it's released on disc.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 10, 2011 0 comments
Sony has introduced three Bravia TVs equipped with 500 gigabyte hard drives. The catch is that, at least for now, these models are for the Japanese market.

With that kind of storage on board, you can record 65 hours of HD programming. The system can also accept additional external drives.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 12, 2008 0 comments
Sony has bought Indianapolis-based Gracenote for $260 million. Why should you care?
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 15, 2006 0 comments
Your DVD collection flies first class.

Why pay $1,300 for a DVD player when you can get one for $100? You might as well ask, why fly first class when you can fly coach? Membership in the club of videophiles has its privileges. There will always be people who can afford to pay extra for tangible benefits, like top picture and sound quality, and intangible ones, like pride of ownership.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 10, 2011 0 comments
Though disc releases are festooned with special features, movies sold as downloads tend to be unadorned. However, Sony Pictures is beginning to add features to movies sold as downloads through iTunes.

You'll be able to search for actors and dialogue, choose clips to share on social networking sites, and find songs embedded in soundtracks. Not surprisingly, the latter will be linked for purchase in the iTunes music store.