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What Stringer Really Said…

Posted by Dave Cowl on November 12, 2007 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War



There has been a lot of buzz recently about Sony’s CEO and things he said. We have even had email asking why we did not comment on the comments.

The main reason I didn’t post earlier was that there appeared to be some inconsistencies in the articles which brought their merit into question.

Today The Digital Bits has posted the transcript of the actual interview in Bill Hunt’s “MytwoCents” (11/12/07). I suggest going and taking a look. Make up your own mind what Sony’s CEO sees in the format battle.

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2 Responses to “What Stringer Really Said…”

  1. Ben Drawbaugh on November 13th, 2007 6:24 am

    You realize that Bill doesn’t know what a permalink is, right?

    Which is why almost no one, ever links to his site.

  2. Tyler Pruitt on November 13th, 2007 12:33 pm

    Adler: Of course, one of the big fights right now is Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD for the high definition video market. I mean, the first and most obvious question is: Shouldn’t there just be one format? Why should people have to choose between the two? And is there any possibility that we’ll be heading there?

    Stringer: I should point out that that is not part of the software battle. I mean, that’s actually in some ways sort of anachronistic. We’re fighting over a packaged goods hardware that will not go on forever, from a classic sense. We have a more expensive version, as Sony tends to, and Toshiba has a cheaper version, which seems to keep getting cheaper. I believe it has slowed down the progress of high definition packaged goods. Oddly, the studios kind of liked it for a while. They were able to leverage one of us against each other. But in the end, it’s counterproductive. We have a sort of stalemate at the moment. As you know, they had fewer studios, but then they paid a lot of money for Paramount. So we have four studios and they have two or three studios. It’s a difficult… it’s a difficult fight. There was a chance to integrate it before I became CEO. This is something I inherited. And I don’t know what broke down. I wish I could go back there, because I heard it was all about saving face and losing face, and all the rest of it. But it’s not a battle about the digital future. That’s what’s so strange about it. If it doesn’t work out, that doesn’t say very much about where we’re all going. It’s just… it’s a scorecard: one-nothing or something. But it doesn’t mean as much as all that. PlayStation 3 will still go on playing games. It would have to have a different disk drive. And that’s about it really.

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