Sony: A Tale of Innovation, from the Walkman to the PlayStation 4

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Eighteenth video of the Behind the Business Series.

Sony Corporation is one of the best-known names in consumer electronics, famous for innovations like the Walkman and the Playstation.

Since its establishment shortly after World War II, Sony has introduced a stream of revolutionary products, including the transistor radio, the Trinitron television, the Betamax VCR, the CD player, the Walkman portable cassette player, and the PlayStation game console.

In addition to audio and video products (Walkman, Betamax), televisions (Trinitron), personal computers (PCs), monitors, computer peripherals, telecommunications devices, and game consoles (Playstation), Sony generates considerable revenues from its entertainment businesses.

These include Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Digital Production, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Television.


  1. They did not invent a CD player they were in a partnership with Phillips Phillips had all the material the actual stampings of the CDs and everything but they were in a partnership since the 60s so they work together but again it was not Sony who invented the compact disc

  2. Sony is putting out stupidly expensive stuff lately(TVs cameras, phones etc.), l mean l had an Xperia – an overpriced junk with half the specs of any cheap chinese or korean phone and low battery life. The only thing Sony is still really good at – besides the Playstation brand – is the absurdly superior audio quality. Even my crappy Xperia, which died on me last year had superb audio quality. Sony's audio chips are insane.

  3. In the 70s in Australia if it wasnt a Sony it was inferior. Sony TVs were the Pinnacle of its time. Even tv studios had large Sony Cameras. The problem of Quality degradation was like all Japenese Quality Companys, getting China to make it cheaper. Pioneer like Sony took a tumble in Quality.

  4. Now make a twin video, but in the opposite side: Sony, a tale of failures, from Beta Max to BluRay Ultra HD, passing through Minidisc, Video Cartridge in Ruvi, Memory Stick and UMD.

  5. you forget to mention mirrorless camera where sony is unbeatable right now, camera sensor which used by every other companies be it smartphone or cameras, and "tv is stupid you say"…well sony's motion and 4k 8k upscalling is the best in the market right now thanks to the innovations like X1 extreme and X1 ultimate picture processor

  6. It was my fav company but nowadays they think about money rather than innovation
    The could have done better in smartphone than Samsung and other phones but the released the same phone every year.

  7. 6:08. Wrong. VHS was not released by Matsushita, it was by JVC.

    6:16 Also wrong. VHS didn't win because it had "more movies". In 1976, VHS and Betamax were for recording TV and other things. There were no prerecorded movies. If you bought a VCR between 1975 and 1979, you bought it for TV. VHS won because more companies made and produced VHS VCRs. Only Sony, Sanyo, and Toshiba produced Betamax machines, but JVC, Matsushita/Panasonic, RCA, Hitachi, Sharp, Philips/Mangavox, Funai, Qasuar, and even Sony past 1988-ish all made VHS VCRs. Sony couldn't get all manufactures to use Betamax, they didn't allow it. JVC was totally cool with allowing anyone to use the VHS standard, so VHS VCRs were cheaper than Beta. VHS also had more recording time because of it's slower tape speed.

    Also, you should have gave Sony's 1983 Betamovie a quick mention, and it was the first video camera + video cassette recorder in one, or the camcorder. Even though the beginning of Video8 camcorders in 1985 were much, much, much successful than Betamovie, Video8 camcorders weren't the first. Should have also mentioned how Video8 was also meant to be a home format like VHS, but it failed outside the camcorder market. Still a good video.

  8. On October 1, 2001, SONY & ERICSSON entered into a 50/50 joint venture called Sony Ericsson. SONY never bought ERICSSON's mobile division! Stop assuming more than you actually know & research subjects thoroughly, so you can tell the truth, instead of misleading people.

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