Originally posted by compu44
betamax all over again… You think they would have learned by now that people only buy STANDARDS?
It’s rather difficult to predict what standards will prevail in the end. Sony DD-CD looked very good 20 months ago to some people including myself. Also, Calimetrics ML.
In Tokyo, business is war and the one who wins the standard war wins the business. Sony lost some major battles but they won often enough to pay all the past and future R&D. LG and Samsung also invest billions of Won into each of various technologies, products, and standards. Some succeed, some others fail. The biggest failure for LG was DRAM (LG was ahead of Samsung in RDRAM at first) and the biggest success was LCD (there have been also various competing next-generation display technolgies). It’s been the same with Intel, Microsoft, Philips, Toshiba, and many other big hi-tech companies.
Sony was behind of not only 1.3GB DD-CD and Betamax but also DVD-Video, Blu-ray, Memory Stick, VHS, CD, CD-R, MO, MiniDisc, MP3 CDP, DVD+R, DVD-R, HDTV, PlayStation, and hundreds of other things. Much safer that way especially when they are better than most other competitors at almost everything. To win a war, it is good strategies and knowledge of yourself and competitors that count most. Something big companies such as IBM, Xerox, and GM lacked seriously in the recent decades.