Sony is pretty famous for creating closed platform after closed platform locked down with incredibly damaging DRM
. Back in 2005, there was a surprise statement from Sony's Ken Kutaragi, where he admitted that the company made a mistake
in focusing on proprietary consumer electronics... but it seemed like no one was listening. The company kept on coming out with locked down, proprietary
offerings. So, we were a bit skeptical a year ago when Sony CEO Howard Stringer once again claimed that Sony should have been more open
. You can say it all you want, but if your solutions are still proprietary, it's pretty meaningless.
Could Sony finally be realizing that there really is a benefit to openness? Perhaps only after getting crushed in the market. But, people are noting that Sony's agreement to use Google's open GoogleTV platform is extremely un-Sony-like
. Of course, it might just be a desperation ploy -- and too little, too late -- for a company that hasn't been considered a real leader in the space in many years.