June 29, 2012 |
Sony Corp.'s deal to acquire EMI's publishing assets has cleared U.S. and European regulatory hurdles and was closed Friday, the companies said. EMI's catalog will be merged with Sony's to create a library of more than 2 million songs, making the combined entity the world's largest music publisher. The deal, announced last November, called for an investor group led by Sony to pay $2.2 billion for EMI's rights to 1.3 million songs, including those written by David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and others.
June 20, 2012 |
Early fan interest in Sony's “The Amazing Spider-Man” looks to be just that - amazing. Audience surveys circulating around Hollywood this week show that the web-slinger reboot is generating a level of excitement reserved for only a handful of the summer's biggest hits. Even though “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which overhauls the creative team behind the first three movies, doesn't open until July 3, potential ticket buyers - even young women - already are more interested in the superhero story than they are in “Brave,” which will premiere this weekend to as much as $65 million.
February 21, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before ordering my limo for Sunday night. The Skinny: I'm starting to watch the Netflix series "House of Cards" It's my first foray into the world of Netflix, so if you don't see me for a few days (or weeks) you'll know why. Thursday's stories include a look at all the work Wolfgang Puck has to do as the chef for the Governors Ball, which follows the Academy Awards. Also, Walt Disney Co. has struck a deal with British Sky Broadcasting for a new channel and Sony unveiled its latest version of the PlayStation.
May 23, 2013 |
Sony will begin selling smaller, less-expensive versions of its new XBR 4K Ultra HD TVs. The Japanese tech company was one of the first to roll out 4K Ultra HD sets late last year. That technology is supposed to offer quadruple the resolution of current HD TVs and an even more crystal-clear image than before. Sony's first foray with the new TV technology was an 84-inch set it began selling in November for $25,000. But starting Thursday evening the company's new 55-inch and 65-inch models will go on sale at Santa Monica's Video & Audio Center.
November 30, 2012 |
Sony sold 525,000 PlayStation 3 units during the crucial Thanksgiving week, the Japanese electronics giant said Friday. That's fewer than the 750,000 Xbox 360s that Microsoft sold the week of Thanksgiving, but it beat Nintendo's Wii U and its Wii, which sold 400,000 and 300,000 units that week, respectively. Sony said total sales of PlayStation hardware, games and peripherals were up 9% from Thanksgiving week 2011. The company said it also sold 160,000 of its portable PS Vita devices, whose sales have been struggling.
May 13, 2013 |
Knowing there's a lot of interest in waterproof smartphones, Sony has been coming out with devices that not only can survive an accidental drop in the toilet but actually be used underwater. It's latest, the Xperia ZR, can even record HD video while submerged. The Japanese tech company said the phone, unveiled Monday, can be nearly 5 feet underwater for up to 30 minutes. The device can go in only fresh water, so users can't take it with them into the ocean where saltwater can corrode the phone.