Feingold Leaves Sony!

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    I've been very critical of Sony's performance in the home video market for more than a few years now. So hopefully, this change at the top will turn Sony around back to the days when they produced some of the best home video product on the market.



    http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/news...Steps _In/236
     
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    Let's hope his successor instigates the following:

    —An actual customer service line
    —No more butchered episodes of TV shows
    —Consistent release patterns for TV shows
    —No more pan and scan atrocities masquerading as "special editions"
    —No more MPEG-2 Blu-Ray discs from poor quality masters.
     
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    It's an interesting development to be sure. In the acquisition agreement, MGM retained the right to shop their home vid rights to other distribbers after a year, an option they exercised. It appears as though Feingold is being made the corporate fall guy for an MGM decision to grant those rights to Fox, a decision that arguably may have been out of his control.

    That's gotta sting after some 18 years at the studio.
     
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    So is Feingold the 'father of Blu-ray' the way that Lieberfarb was the 'father of DVD'?

    Was Feingolds the chief voice pushing for blu-ray to be intrinsic to every PS3?

    If the last point was in fact the case, I can understand why they would give him the boot shortly after more delays are announced, which will amount to Sony surrendering a second Christmas season to the PS3s competition.

    Otherwise it would seem to make no sense since, by the supporters sober estimation, that Blu-ray is poised to deliver some devestating blows in relatively short order.
     
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    David Bishop is a superb executive, who fully understands the home video and digital marketplace, as well as the needs and desires of the customer base.

    I've a feeling we're poised for greatness.

    Give him time.

    RAH
     
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    It's an interesting but slightly flawed comparison given the differing outcomes: thanks to Lieberfarb, only one SD DVD format came to market, but that's of course not the case with HD. Given his reputed Geffen-esque dealmaking prowess, I'll long wonder what would have happened with the 'one format only' HD efforts if Lieberfarb had had direct executive involvement in HD disc development instead of simply as a consultant.

    It's my understanding from an MSNBC piece about, oh, two years ago that it was Lieberfarb who coaxed Fox into SD DVD support in exchange for getting some of Rupert's cable channels carried by Time Warner Cable stations in New York.
     
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    Ding Dong, the witch is dead......
     
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    According to film historian Tom Weaver, David Bishop is very conscious of classic films and their proper presentation on home formats, so this is a good thing IMHO.
     
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    Great news. This and Robert's endorsement makes me hopeful for the future.

    Jeff
     
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    yesh, first thing on Bishop's agenda is VC-1/MPEG4 AVC ONLY on BluRay [​IMG].
     
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    Wasn't Benjamin S. Feingold in charge thoughout Sony/Columbia/TriStar SD DVD days?
     
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    Didn't you read the links I provided?
     
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    Rabid Final Fantasy fans attacking him at home with 7' swords?
     
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    Yes.
    Yet you posted;
    "I've been very critical of Sony's performance in the home video market for more than a few years now. So hopefully, this change at the top will turn Sony around back to the days when they produced some of the best home video product on the market."
    That post sounds to me like you disliked Sony now & did like them before, yet he was in charge though out your "good times & bad times" period. So I was wondering if he indeed reigned during Sony's up time, how his leaving would insure the return of better times. The time frame he worked made sense to me, I just didn't get how you thought his leaving would bring back better days. Did he change?
    Thanks.
     
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    Sometimes, a person gets lost in his way of doing business. Everyday, very successful managers get the axe because they failed/perceived to garner the same level of success as they had earlier. IMO, Sony's home entertainment is lacking in performance, whether that improves will be up to the new management team taking over.
     
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    Deleted. Point has been made previously.
     
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    I like the Tommy Lee Jones line from The Client: "What wanton hubris is this?"
     

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