February 5, 2000
Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive of Sony, wants to see the American Film Institute take a leadership role in "redefining the moving image in the digital era. This is a de facto revolution and we have to embrace it" ("Stringer Is Chosen to Head AFI's Board of Trustees," by Kathleen Craughwell, Jan. 8). What this really refers to, in everyday English, is shooting movies on videotape rather than film. For some years now, Sony has been waging a campaign to persuade filmmakers that film is old-fashioned, and that video origination is the inevitable future of the industry.
January 8, 2013 |
With no major new releases in the final days of 2012, "Ted" stayed on top of the DVD sales chart for the third week in a row. Meanwhile, "The Dark Knight Rises," which had been on sale for three weeks but had not been available from Redbox kiosks or Netflix, debuted on the rental chart at No. 1. Both movies have proved very popular in the home entertainment market, outpacing such other recent releases as "Total Recall," "Ice Age: Continental Drift"...
October 2, 2012 |
To paraphrase the Fab Four, it was 30 years ago yesterday that Sony introduced the first CD player. It wasn't until 1983, however, that the compact disc entered the public consciousness in a big way, with the unveiling of the new format at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that year. That was when the major record companies started coming aboard and producing something to play on those shiny new CD players that various hardware manufacturers were producing. Pop & Hiss thought it would be illuminating to share that first report on the advent of the new digital playback technology.
February 25, 2013 |
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Fox's "Skyfall" - the latest James Bond installment - topped DVD and Blue-ray sales chart, knocking "Hotel Transylvania" out of the No. 1 spot. In addition to the 007 flick starring Daniel Craig , "Hotel Transylvania," "The Man With the Iron Fists," "Peter Pan" (re-release) and "Flight" rounded out the top slots on the DVD sales chart for the week ending Feb 17. Denzel Washington's action-thriller "Flight" remained atop the rentals chart for a second week, with "Here Comes the Boom," "Taken 2," "Hotel Transylvania" and "Alex Cross" completing the top five list.
December 24, 1989 |
Akio Morita wasn't the first foreigner to buy a movie studio during a decade when ownership of Hollywood companies began to shift overseas. But because he also is the founder and chairman of the Japanese electronic giant Sony Corp., his purchase last fall of Columbia Pictures Entertainment for $3.4 billion, easily became the decade's most ambitious and controversial move into Hollywood movie-making. Sony's purchase came two years after it bought another American entertainment giant, CBS Records.
June 3, 1995
You may have missed a small yet significant reason Sony continues to market the Betamax tape format. About the time Betamax was heading off to obscurity, the Betacam format (which uses the same tape cartridge at a faster speed) was making its way into the broadcast industry. It soon became the worldwide standard for electronic news gathering and remains so today. As long as Sony is churning out tape stock for thousands of Betacams around the globe, keeping the cassettes available to home Betamax users probably isn't as big a deal as it might seem.
May 5, 2007 |
In a season filled with sequels, this is one plot twist that everyone saw coming. Within an hour of the first U.S. showing of Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man 3," police arrested a man videotaping the film inside New York's AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater shortly after the Thursday midnight screening, the studio said Friday. The suspect was spotted by theater employees, who summoned the police. Police made similar arrests in Malaysia and Argentina.
February 19, 2013 |
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Denzel Washington's action-thriller “Flight” soared to the top of the rental chart but failed to knock "Hotel Transylvania" out of its No. 1 spot in the sales rankings. Paramount's “Flight,” which earned Washington an Oscar nomination, was the most-rented disc in the U.S. during the week ending Feb. 10, but came in second in sales. “Hotel Transylvania,” the computer-animated comedy produced by Sony, was the top seller in its second week since being released on disc.
October 4, 1987
Sony's effort to buy CBS Records ("Sony Has Made $1.8 Billion Offer to Buy CBS Records," Sept. 12) could preface a new chapter in "The Selling of America." With so many household American brand names already in foreign hands--GE, Norelco, Magnavox, Philco, Smith-Corona and others--it may be hard to be concerned about the purchase of a record company even if it is the world's largest. We've sold off our consumer electronics hardware businesses to foreigners, why not sell off the software as well?