Some stood on the apex of greatness for a full century such as Sears of Sears Roebuck. It brought the essentials and amenities of civilization to rural America and became a part of Americana and just when it could have assured its market dominance for another half century fumbled away its destiny. Consider it was only a few years after Sears deemed the mail order business to be obsolete that Jeff Bezos founded Amazon. Had Sears had the foresight to replace their catalogue with a website it would have been the bull of e-commerce but now seems destined to follow Railway Express into memory.
In the wake of the hacking scandal it seems that Sony has stumbled upon the mother lode of bad ideas. Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, the Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum of Sony Pictures, are the personifications of the Peter Principle. The have been promoted to the level of incompetence; the cream rises until it sours. As bad as those two actors may be they are but symptomatic of Sony's decline. Sony was supplanted by Apple in consumer electronics and Samsung seems destined to supplant Apple.
The redoubtable Sony Trinitron was once the gold standard of televisions. The superior picture quality was perceptible when viewed next to the competition. So how does Sony fight Samsung in the new smart TV market? It surrenders. From CNBC;
Sony and Samsung just struck a deal that will bring Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service to select Samsung Smart TVs in 2015, The Verge reported. The deal was made official Wednesday morning after the release of a joint statement.What is this? Corporate assisted suicide? Jack Kevorkian call your office. Did not anyone at Sony think to install PlayStation on the Trinitron? Where do they go from here? They'll probably plan a hostile take over of Kmart.
PlayStation Now enables users to play video games from Sony's previous flagship gaming console, the PlayStation 3, on its current flagship model, the PlayStation 4. With this deal, Sony will be able to offer its video game-streaming service to consumers without forcing them to buy the console.