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Sony doubles down on PlayStation, but may sacrifice phones, TVs

Mark Hachman | Feb. 23, 2015
It looks increasingly likely that Sony will exit both its TV and smartphone businesses as part of a restructuring plan outlined today by Sony executives in Japan.

Interestingly, Sony also said it was interested in pursuing more "recurring-revenue business models," which usually means subscription-based services. For example, Sony's PlayStation Now business, which lets users stream PlayStation 3 games onto their PS4. In January, Sony transformed that into a subscription business, charging $20 per month for an all-you-can-play option. 

The businesses that Sony is targeting for subscriptions include its Media Networks business, operated by Sony Pictures--implying that Sony may offer a Netflix-like service. An odder choice is "interchangeable lenses and accessories within the Digital Imaging business," Sony said, which implies some sort of subscription to compete with or something similar. 


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