Originally Posted by Duke02
As an aside, I really wish sony would realize their proprietary approach to things hurts everybody, including them. Unfortunately, they were rewarded with blu-ray since they "won" but not that many people buy blu-rays, partially because the format war kept people on the sidelines and they got used to it. They've killed themselves by trying to capture the whole market rather than accept a part of a much broader market. Minidisc, sacd, atrac vs mp3, and now potentially 4k. It's like they want to force people into valuing their conglomerate rather than accept what it is. A growing 4k market would benefit the whole market, particularly the first movers. So, encourage people rather than create walled gardens....
My fear with the x10 is that they will limit additional services like amazon because it could cannibalize sales from their exorbitantly prices movie rentals and purchases. We then will have paid $500 for the right to overpay for Sony's movies.
I respect your opinion Duke, but how are you assessing that Sony has "killed themselves"? Are you referencing specific financial results, are you referencing an article from a Market Analyst, are you referencing an admission from Sony Management of substandard financial results, or is this just your assessment of the situation?
Secondly, if Samsung or Panasonic were the first to market with a 4K player....do you think they would have adopted a proprietary approach or would they have simply manufactured universal media players compatible with all TVs? Think about how competitive Samsung has been with Apple in the Smartphone market...do you envision a time that Samsung creates anything that would help Apple sell more iphones? If Samsung had been the first to introduce a 4K media player, I'm of the opinion it would have been a proprietary player.
I get your overall point...and I can't say I totally disagree with you. But there is a fine line between establishing a competitive advantage and altruistically trying to help the whole market. At the end of the day, if the 4K market takes off, somebody has to be the market leader. If the 4K market does explode and Sony becomes the market leader, every Market Analyst on the planet will write multiple articles explaining how Sony's introduction of their proprietary player was a brilliant strategic move.
Lastly...just my humble opinion...all of us know the risks of being early adopters. So if the X10 bombs and 4K content never catches on, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Nobody put a gun to our heads and forced us to purchase 4K TVs & media players or overpay for Sony's movies.
At the end of the day...I'm not going worry about Sony's business decision regarding the X10. Life is too short...I'm having a blast with my 900a, X10, and all the 4K and 3D goodness. If things don't work out, I will move on to the next shiny toy...8K or 16K TVs.