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03-11-2014, 01:56 AM
Sony’s planned restructuring of its key television business will allow Chinese flat-panel TV makers to buy some time to catch up to Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, analysts and industry sources said.

Japan’s biggest electronics company, which led in the analog age with innovative consumer products such as the Walkman and Discman, announced last week that it would spin off its ailing TV unit and sell off the PC business.

The move comes after years of steep losses, and Sony is now seeking to concentrate on mobile products by offsetting its dwindling TV and PC businesses, taking them off its books through the restructuring.

The plans, which were received in a positive light by analysts and consequently spurred Sony shares, are unlikely to benefit Korean players such as Samsung and LG Electronics, currently the world’s top two TV sellers.
By: Park Hyong-ki |
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03-15-2014, 07:30 PM
The collapse of Sony's TV business due to lower-priced but good performance sets from another country would have everyone at Zenith laughing in the aisles with glee, if there were any Zenith people left.

In a near-pure definition of irony, one of those competitors beating Sony is also the owner of the former Zenith. Who would have imagined all of this happening, 20 years ago?

03-16-2014, 01:33 AM
It's not that surprising when you look back. TVs have become a commodity item and companies like Sony can't make enough profit for it to be worthwhile. It's similar to how a lot of the top radio manufacturers didn't survive the shift to TV (eg. Philco), and a lot of the top TV manufacturers didn't survive the shift to color TV (eg. DuMont).

Electronic M
03-16-2014, 01:13 PM
IMO Dumont was on a slow road to extinction as soon as it was bought by Emerson in the mid 50's.