Steve and Duke, your very kind and generous portraits of Sony are WAY too tender for our household!
But honestly, I was shocked when Sony "won" the DVD-Replacement-Format wars against Toshiba-and-everyone-else that were proffering "HD" format instead of "BD".
That's because Sony won the Audio-CD format wars, and all of these players had to divvy up royalty fees on that basis. Then when DVD Format came out, everyone avoided Sony's single-format for a wide-open field. Which, yes, created problems - cooperation between disks, burners and players.
But we STILL have those issues now even WITH a Sony-Certified standard BluRay format. The consumers haven't gained ONE THING.
Sony has. Toshiba, Pioneer, JVC, etc - they've all lost.
I still can't figure out how Sony finagled this arm-twisting, neck-breaking victory, either. They had a couple of studios claiming their support but, heck, "contracts" and "studios" have nothing in common. If the HD Format Folks would have played harder ball, lined up more allies AND reminded consumers of Sony shenanigans, well...
Pigs could fly.
Elvis & Lee Harvey could be cruisin' around on gasoline additives.
And Stormy would give me my 12Tb drives today.
Darn. I can never win! Maybe I need a bigger rolling pin? Or get that solid granite one off the wall.