Originally Posted by TyrantII
No it does. My point was that Sony gets a cut for it having BD and now gets a cut for every BD disc printed. If they're making money, they don't mind the competition licensing their tech, because it's a nice steady revenue stream.
Not only is it the money, but the Blu-Ray Disc Association actually controls Blu-Ray. Many companies had their hands in the technology including several large partners besides Sony. And by going the industry association route even though Sony probably has the biggest stake of them all in the format, it helps ensure that what's best for the format itself happens since it helps instill neutrality.
Sony also had a major stake in DVD technology and the DVD Forum. Yet DVD was near universally adopted by the electronics industry including game consoles throughout the 2000's such as the Xbox 360 that carried a DVD Forum license for every console sold to enable DVD video playback.
Sony doesn't have the power to decline if Microsoft pays the licensing fees and follows the Blu-Ray Disc Association's standards and regulations. And I imagine any loss the Playstation brand may lose by not being the exclusive domain of Blu-Ray in the game console arena will be more than made up for just by millions of potential new customers for Blu-Ray video releases that Sony is a major publisher of in what's still a growing format (not to mention dividends from licensing fees like you cite).
And Nintendo also seems to be utilizing a form of Blu-Ray, albeit without a Blu-Ray Disc Association license. Much like what they did with DVD on the GameCube & Wii where they licensed the patents they needed directly from the holders.
Edit: I see your post is two and a half days old. I guess I wasn't on the front page like I thought I was when I read your post.Edited by Leo_Ames - 6/27/13 at 3:18pm