Following Ratings Agency Moody's recent re-appraisal of Sony's long-term bond rating to Baa3 (reportedly, their lowest investment-grade rating), Fitch has gone one further downgrading their view by three levels to BB-, casually referred to by investors as "junk" status (via GI International):
Junk status is not an officially defined term, but generally refers to anything of BB status or below with a high risk of default and very little chance of any short or medium term gains.While undoubtedly cause for concern, a BB class rating indicates the agency still has some degree of confidence that structural changes by Sony can avoid their defaulting on debts. The state of affairs are also said to be less of a reflection of the company's performance in the entertainment space, and more an unfortunate consequence of exchange rate fluctuations that have affected many export-driven Japanese businesses.
Maybe they'll start charging for their PS3 on line service soon?
I will refuse to buy anything sony after my PS3 and some of the 'controls' they did with that, coupled with the poor handling and lying of all that security stuff.
I bought the PS3 over x-box for the Blu-ray player, but it's given me more headaches than not. Not to mention streaming TVEps wireless over the PS3 is terrible, and it's not due to my network. Max signal strength and tried with different routers [three so far] and two different houses, different programs (TVersity/PS3Server to name just two that I can remember) and googling always revealed other people with the issue... Cable connecting removes the problem, plus its also a streaming issue that only began occuring after an update that Sony refuse(?d) to admit or fix.
Being popular with your other CEO/Company friends at the expense of your customers doesn't work long term.
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The state of affairs are also said to be less of a reflection of the company's performance in the entertainment space
Though I'm guessing failures like the Move and the Vita haven't helped. I mean, I like the Vita, its a solid piece of hardware, but its been a bit of a non-starter and I'm sure financially it can't be doing too well. The Move just crashed and burned though.
only just started streaming media through my ps3 and it works perfectly with universal media player