Originally Posted by mark haflich
Ron. Thanks. Are you at CES? I am not. Still recoverring from the flu. I am not even sure if Sony knows yet itself. I think they said summer at the press conference, I watched the whole bloody thing. That means to me a lauch atCcedia which is late September this year. Would you agree it was not really a press conferencre but a stage show for the financial market?
I think 4K bluray is a way off. So sony goes the server route just like the commercial theater market does and as Red is doing. So let's now call the server the bluray player with 4HD content being supplied on memory cards, hard drives, or on line. do you think the Sony studeo side will agree to having its content only sold to the home market through Sony's own 4K server network?
If Sony hardware side fails as an entity, which baring a drastic quick reversal of its present state seems likely to happen, this would end up screwing the studeo side..
Do you think Sony presented enough breakthrough new product and a horizontal integration plan that will enable them to return to profitability quickly enough/ will cameras, phones, the the endorsement of headphones by simon cowl do it.
Were you wowed by anything Sony presented or said?
I, like you, watched the Sony press conf. online. It seems to me that unless there is an industry group setting the standards for 4K distribution, like the BDA did for Blu-ray, then having each manufacture do their own thing (e.g., Sony, Red and perhaps LG, with their reported partnership with Disney) then I have questions of how many and how fast the studios will sign up to allow their movies to be offered in 4K on each of the distribution services. Perhaps this is really not much different than today's situation of having Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster, etc, each offering movies via HD streaming with each using their own unqiue techiques. I for one would like to see a Blu-ray 4K standard that could serve as the approach to get broad support from the studios to get 4K into consumers homes. I fear with multple download/distribution services being offered by the various 4K TV manufactures we will end up with a situation where movies from Disney will only be able on service A, movies from Sony Studios only available on service B and movies from Universal Studios only available on service C, etc.
I may ping Art, who is at the show, to see if he can get more info from Sony.Edited by Ron Jones - 1/8/13 at 1:46pm