Sony Brings HD4:2:2 Workflow To Camcorders

Sony is unveiling the newest addition to its XDCAM HD4:2:2 line — the PMW-200 camcorder. This new model, Sony says, is the only professional handheld camcorder in its class with three 1/2 -inch Exmor CMOS sensors and full HD 4:2:2 50 Mbps recording. The new camcorder is designed for any type of professional shooting, from […]

Sony, Panasonic Team To Develop OLED Displays

Alec Shapiro Named President Of Sony Pro

While retaining oversight of U.S. broadcast products, he’s now adding medical, security and digital cinema and will sit on the Sony Electronics’ Executive Management Committee.

Sony, Panasonic In Talks To Make OLED TVs

Sony, AU Optronics In OLED TV Production Talks

LIVE FROM NAB

Sony’s Sets New XD Customers, Camera

It also announces that NBC will be using its Media Backbones for the Summer Olympic deals and unveils a new disc storage system. For all that’s going on at NAB 2012, click here.

TVU Networks Teams Up With JVC, Sony

TVU Network and JVC are partnering to give broadcasters camcorders with integrated cellular ENG capability, the companies announced today. The package combines the TVUPack Mini cellular ENG system with the JVC GY-HM700 shoulder-mount cameras. TVUPack Mini weighs under two pounds and fits a wide variety of camera setups including direct camera mount and belt mount […]

Sony Intros ‘SteadyShot’ Palm-Sized Camera

Broadcasters looking at hand-held cameras for their video journalists now have another option from Sony — a palm-sized HD camcorder with professional features and Sony’s proprietary Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology that takes the shakes out of images. The new HXR-NX30U records at full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution using a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar […]

‘Chuck’ Star Zachary Levi To Star In Fox Comedy

GEARING UP FOR NAB: CAMS FOR THE ONE-MAN BAND

Getting The Shot Cheaper, Easier, Faster

JVC's ProHD GY-HM150As more and more stations adopt the one-man band approach to newsgathering, the camera manufacturers are turning out new units that are small enough and light enough to be managed easily, and big enough and heavy enough to be balanced for a steady shot. Plus, they’re inexpensive enough that any station’s budget can handle them, too. Among the options that will be featured at NAB 2012 are the Sony NX5, the JVC 150 and the Panasonic 250.

Sony Promotes Kaz Hirai To CEO

Sony Corp. said today that Vice President Kazuo Hirai will take over the roles of CEO and president on April 1 from Howard Stringer, who will retain the chairman’s post as the company struggles to regain its standing in the consumer electronics sector in which it was once a driving force.

Sony, Panasonic Brace For Grim Earnings

Sony Corp. and rival Panasonic Corp. are set to report a slump in quarterly earnings and may cut full-year forecasts after being hit by yen strength, Thai floods and consumer gloom in Europe during the vital pre-Christmas period.

Sony And Panasonic Debt Ratings Cut

Japan’s Sony and Panasonic both had their debt ratings downgraded on Friday by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited concerns about continued losses in their TV divisions, two weeks ahead of their earnings announcements.

CES 2012

Sony Outlines Plan To Revitalize TV Group

Sony used the backdrop of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to talk about the company’s plans to revitalize its struggling television division. Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai said new technologies, such as the Crystal LED prototype the company showcased Monday in its news conference, will factor in plans to return the TV group to profitability by March 2014.

Sony, Samsung Dissolve LCD Joint Venture

Sony Corp. said Monday that Samsung Electronics Co. will buy all of Sony’s shares in their joint venture in liquid crystal display panels for about $935 million subject to a final agreement.

Sony Considers Internet Rival To Cable TV

Sony Corp. is considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service, people familiar with the situation tell the Wall Street Journal. The move poses the latest threat to the cable and satellite operators that dominate pay TV. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read the story here.

Sony Sees ‘Murky’ Holiday Consumer Sales Outlook

Sony Resumes Production Of HDCAM SR Tape

Sony said Wednesday that it has resumed production and delivery of HDCAM SR professional videotape, and its Sendai, Japan, tape facilities will soon be returning to full capability, with gradual increases in production. Tape coating production of both HDCAM SR and HDCAM media restarted on schedule in July at Sony’s Sendai/Tagajo plant, with shipments of […]

Sony Intros 64GB SxS Pro Memory Card

Sony is expanding its SxS Pro memory card line with a new generation memory card offering a write transfer speed twice that of previous models. The new SxS Pro 64GB card, model SBP-64A, can read and write data at up to an astonishing 1.2Gbps through an ExpressCard slot, without the need for an adapter. As […]

Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi To Merge LCD Operations

Sony Shows Wearable 3D Personal Theater

Sony Corp. said today that its 60,000 yen ($800) “HMZ personal 3-D viewer” is set to go on sale Nov. 11 in Japan, and is planned for the U.S. and Europe, perhaps in time for Christmas, although dates have not yet been set.

Japan’s Tech Companies Face Weak TV Demand

Sony Trims CEO Howard Stringer’s Pay By 16%

Sony Chief Still In Search Of A Turnaround

Six years after taking the helm of Sony in a surprise appointment, Howard Stringer has yet to show much more than a glimmer of a turnaround at the troubled company he inherited. On Thursday, the company, which is based in Tokyo, confirmed that the damage from Japan’s natural disasters in March — and the havoc dealt to Sony’s supply chains in their aftermath — had forced it to take tax-credit provisions that resulted in a $3.2 billion net loss for the business year just ended. The loss was Sony’s biggest deficit in 16 years, and its third in a row.

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Sony Betting Big On OLED Monitors

The tech giant has two lines based on organic light-emitting diode technology — one aimed at the station market. Says Sony’s Gary Mandle: “We’ve spent a lot of time and money on this. We feel OLED has a clear advantage over other technologies.”

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Canon Focuses On Station Camcorder Market

With an “arsenal” of three camcorders with solid-state media, the company is ready to compete with Sony, Panasonic and JVC for stations upgrading to high-def news. Says Canon’s Larry Thorpe: “We have jumped in … because we certainly have seen over recent years a very definitive move of broadcasters looking for lower-cost equipment for newsgathering … and we play down there in that lower-cost end.”

NAB 2011

Sony Intros 3D Cam, Details Tape Shortage

Earthquake damage to the plant that makes HDCAM tape has stopped production until summer. The company has developed a new 3D camera that will be used to shoot the finals of this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships.

NAB 2011

Gannett Goes Sony For HD In The Field

The group will roll out Sony shoulder-mount EX camcorders across each of its stations, saying the move “will deliver greater production flexibility, higher image quality and a more efficient overall workflow.”

Sony Copes With Serial Disasters In Japan

Tohoku, the region in Japan hit hardest by the natural disasters, has long been an important manufacturing base for Sony, which is Japan’s largest consumer electronics exporter. Two of the company’s sites in that area, a Blu-ray disc factory and a research and development lab, were badly damaged by flooding; about 1,100 employees were trapped on upper floors.

Supplies Of Sony Videotape Are Running Low

The supply of Sony’s professional videotape started getting tight within days of the earthquake that rocked northern Japan. Users are reporting a shortage of HDCAM SR tape particularly, because there are no ready substitutes. However, the supply of all types of magnetic professional videotape is said to be tight.

NAB OUTLOOK: NEWS PRODUCTION

New Tech Promises Improved Efficiency

Vendors of news production systems, editors, switchers, graphics and lighting will be showing new or upgraded products at the NAB — all with the promise that they will allow broadcasters to produce news more efficiently and distribute it more widely. Here are some of the latest developments from Avid, Grass Valley, Chryon, Sony, Panasonic, Ross Video, EVS, Litepanels and Videssence.

Sony To Reorganize Key Businesses

A massive new consumer group will be led by Kazuo Hirai, a rising executive who has overseen a recovery in Sony’s video game business. The move likely sets the stage for him to one day take over for current CEO Howard Stringer.

NAB 2011

Sony Aims To Reclaim Acquisition Status

NAB OUTLOOK: ENG

ENG Innovations Coming Into Focus At NAB

New camcorders, drives, software, ASI modules, lenses and laptops promise to advance the state of the art for newsgathering, editing and archiving at next month’s NAB Show.

‘Minds’ Showrunner Mirren Exits, Near Sony Deal

Sony Debuts OLED Reference Monitors

Sony, Discovery, Imax Set 3D Network Debut

3net, a 24/7 3D TV network will launch in the U.S. on Feb. 13 on DirecTV.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sony Profit Falls 8.6% On Strong Yen

TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s quarterly profit dropped 8.6 percent as a strong yen and falling TV prices erased the boost the Japanese electronics and entertainment company got from its hit movie “The Social Network.” Tokyo-based Sony Corp. said Thursday it earned 72.33 billion yen ($886.4 million) in profit for the October-December quarter, down from 79.17 […]

CES 2011

Sony Plans IPTV Hookup With TWC

Time Warner Cable will deliver its entire video programming lineup to customers with Sony’s Internet-connected Bravia HDTVs this year.

Sony Says It May Miss LCD TV Sales Target

Sony Corp’s LCD TV sales will likely fall slightly short of a targeted 60% rise in unit terms this financial year, a senior executive said, with new 3D TVs unable to resuscitate soft sales in mature markets.