Sony is a well-known brand globally and since its inception, it has given us all of its quality products ranging from Smart TVs, Home Theatres, and more.
The electronics part is one of the divisions, but you will come to know here what more they do also in different types of verticals.
Let’s get started exploring Sony’s history and more details about its brand.
Who owns Sony?
Sony is a subsidiary of the Japanese Sony Group Corporation, managed by Sony’s American subsidiary, Sony Corporation of America.
Who was the founder of Sony?
Masaru Ibuka initiated a radio center in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo after the end of World War (second). Later joined by Akio Morita, the duo collaborated to form a company The Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K K.
History Of Sony
Sony is the parent company of Sony Group. It is an electronics multinational conglomerate. It produces TVs, video game consoles, computers, media players, etc.
A Japanese electronics businessman Masaru Ibuka founded the company Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo Corporation later named Sony. He was later joined by Akio Morita another fellow businessman.
Shortly the Tokyo Stock Exchange listed the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange began listing Sony stocks. The ten top shareholders of Sony were largely located in Japan.
Currently, Sony’s headquarters complex is in Sony City, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.
The organization has appointed excellently skilled personalities for their post like Shuzo Sumi (Chairman of the board), Kazuo Matsunaga (Vice Chairman of the board), Kenichiro Yoshida (Chairman, President&CEO), Shigeki Ishizuka (Vice Chairman).
The Japanese tape recorder called Type-G was the first product of this company. Ibuka later convinced the transistor inventor Bell Lab to license the transistor technology to his Japanese company. Ibuka’s company takes the credit to make transistors commercially successful for the first time, although it is not responsible for manufacturing the product then.
In August 1955, Japan’s first commercially produced transistor radio TR-55 was released by Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. Shortly they released TR-72, a very popular device in Japanese as well as export markets. In 1956 TR-6 was released featuring an innovative slim design and sound quality capable of rivaling portable tube radios.
Another wonderful release was the TR-63 in 1957, which was the smallest transistor radio in commercial production.
This Sony product strikingly opened the US market and launched a new industry of consumer microelectronics.
Sony also launched the world’s first integrated circuit radio, the ICR-100 in 1967. In 1958 Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo changed its name to “Sony.”
In 1960 Sony Corporation of America was established and was the company’s first subsidiary in America. It was in this year that Sony launched the world’s first non-projection type all-transistor and portable television Sony TV8-301.
1961 came with Sony releasing the world’s first compact transistor VTR, the SonyPV100. The year 1968 experienced the charm of the Sony legendary color television set Trinitron.
In the following years, Sony prowled with Sony TC-50, a compact cassette recorder in 1969. It was a boon for NASA astronauts for Apollo7.
The invention of SonyWalkman was out of the desire for listening to classical music from the curator Masaru Ibuka himself. Walkman’s first stereo cassette player was launched in 1979.
The first commercial video cassette recorder was released by Sony this year with the official launch of the VP-1100 two years later.
The first ever EMMY awarded to an electronic was received by Sony in 1973.
Sony brought Digital Revolution by launching the SonyCDP-101, the world’s first Compact Disk Player in 1981. A 3.5-inch floppy disk structure was introduced by Sony in the same year which quickly became the de facto standard.
The Sony XC-1 a color video camera was also produced by Sony along with Sony Mavica which was the world’s first prototype commercial electronic still camera. The year 1991 witnessed the release of the first lithium-ion battery by Sony jointly with Asahi Kasei.
This came up as a leader in the field of the rechargeable battery industry.
Sadly the masterpiece faced a massive scandal for defective battery in 2006. Sony also was the innovator of the Memory Stick, a flash memory storage format in 1998 which was eventually considered a failure.
Other failed attempts by Sony include Betamax, MiniDisc and Universal Media Disc.2006 saw the release of Blu Ray Disc format by Sony in association with Blu Ray association.
The iconic legend Steve Jobs considered his fascination for Sony and regarded the company as being in a league of their own other than its competitors.
From the 1980s to the early 2000s, Sony expanded vigorously into multidimensional businesses like Film(Sony Picture Entertainment), Insurance(Sony Life), Banking(SonyBank), internet service providing(So-net), and gaming(Sony Interactive Entertainment). Sony elaborated its profile in multinational music label groups as well.
Here is a video below, that will help to explain Sony’s history to you visually.
The breakdown of Sony Shareholders is likewise
|% of Shares Held by All Insider
|% of Shares Held by Institutions
|% of Float Held by Institutions
|Number of Institutions Holding Shares
Top Institutional Holders of Sony are:-
|Primecap Management Company
|Aristotle Capital Management, LLC
|Fisher Asset Management, LLC
|Bank of America Corporation
|Fiduciary Management, Inc.
|Gamco Investors Inc
|Anomaly Capital Management, LP
Top Mutual Fund Holders of Sony are:-
|Jun 29, 2022
|Jul 30, 2022
|Primecap Odyssey Aggressive Growth Fund
|Sep 29, 2022
|Vanguard Fenway Fds-Primecap Core Fund
|Jun 29, 2022
|Vanguard Horizon Fund-Capital Opportunity Fund
|Jun 29, 2022
|Primecap Odyssey Stock Fund
|Sep 29, 2022
|FMI Large Cap Fund
|Jun 29, 2022
|Primecap Odyssey Growth Fund
|Sep 29, 2022
|John HaSony Wiki
|Sep 29, 2022
By Their Location
| Solutions Corporation
Sony Energy Devices Corporation
Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (62.99%)
Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
Sony Assurance Inc.
Sony Bank Inc.
Sony Lifecare Inc.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Sony Video & Sound Products Inc.
Sony Visual Products Inc.
Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.
Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc. (51%)
Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation
Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation
Sony LSI Design Inc.
Polyphony Digital Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
AK Holdings Corporation
Animax Broadcast Japan Inc.
Kids Station Inc.
AXN Japan Inc.
Mystery Channel, Inc.
Sony PCL Inc.
Sony Facility Management Corporation
Sony Marketing Co., Ltd.
Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
Sony Network Communications Inc.
Sony Biz Networks Corporation
So-net Media Networks Co., Ltd
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Sony Music Labels Inc.
Sony Music Marketing Inc.
Sony Music Communications Inc.
Sony Music Artists Inc.
Sony Creative Products Inc.
Sony DADC Japan Inc.
Sony Global Solutions Inc.
Sony Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.
Sony Global Education, Inc.
FeliCa Networks, Inc. (57%)
AII Inc. (60.9%)
Frontage Inc. (60%)
Sony Real Estate Corporation  (56.3%)
M3 Inc. (39.4%)
|Sony of Canada Ltd.
| Sony Corporation of America
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Sony Latin America
Sony Creative Software
Sony Magnetic Products
| Sony Argentina S.A.
Sony Comercio e Industia Ltda. (Brazil)
Sony Componentes Ltda. (Brazil)
Sony da Amazonia Ltda. (Brazil)
Sony Chile Ltda. (Chile)
Sony de Mexico S.A. de C.V.
Sony de Mexicali, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico)
Sony Nuevo Laredo,S.A. de C.V. (México)
Sony de Tijuana Oeste, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico)
Sony Corporation of Panama, S. A.
Sony Puerto Rico, Inc.
| Sony Austria GmbH.
Sony DADC Austria A.G.
Sony DADC Europe Limited
Sony DADC, OOO (Borovsk, Russia)
Sony Service Centre (Europe) N.V. (Brussels, Belgium)
Sony Overseas S.A. (Switzerland)
Sony Czech, spol. s.r.o.
Sony Berlin G.m.b.H. (Germany)
Sony Deutschland G.m.b.H. (Köln, Germany)
Sony Europe GmbH (Germany)
Sony Nordic A/S (Denmark)
Sony Espana S.A. (Spain)
Sony France S.A.
Sony United Kingdom Ltd.
Sony Global Treasury Service Plc (UK)
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited (UK)
Sony Hungária kft (Hungary)
Sony Italia S.p.A. (Italy)
Sony Benelux B.V. (Netherlands)
Sony Europa B.V. (Netherlands)
Sony Logistics Europe B.V. (Netherlands)
Sony Poland Sp.z.o.o. (Poland)
Sony Portugal Ltda. (Portugal)
Sony Slovakia s r. o. (Slovakia)
Sony Mobile Communications AB (100%) (Sweden; head office in the United Kingdom)
|China and Hong Kong
| Sony (China) Ltd.
Beijing Suohong Electronics Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Suoguang Visual Products Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Suoguang Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sony Electronics (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.
Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Ltd.
Sony International (Hong Kong) Ltd.
| Sony Electronics of Korea Corporation
Sony Korea Corporation
| Sony India Private Limited
Sony India Software Services Pvt. Ltd
|South East Asia and Oceania
| PT. Sony Electronics Indonesia
Sony Electronics (Malaysia) SDN. BHD.
Sony Technology (Malaysia) SDN. BHD.
Sony Philippines, Inc.
Sony Electronics (Singapore) Pte. LTD.
Sony Magnetic Products (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sony Mobile Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sony Siam Industries Co., Ltd.
Sony Australia Limited
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia Pty. Ltd
Sony New Zealand Ltd.
Sony Vietnam Ltd.
| Sony Middle East and Africa FZE (UAE)
Sony Eurasia Pazarlama A.S. (Turkey)
By Their Industry Business Segment
|Sony’s Subsidiaries and Affiliate’s Names
|Film and television production and distribution
| Sony Pictures Entertainment, including:
Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Releasing
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group
Stage 6 Films
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (joint venture with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment}
Sony Pictures Television
Califon Productions, Inc.
Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
Tandem Licensing Corporation
Lean-M Producers Center
Left Bank Pictures
GSN (58% ownership with AT&T Entertainment Group)
Sony Movie Channel
Sony Entertainment Television Asia
Sony Entertainment Television India
Sony ESPN(joint venture with ESPN, Inc.)
Sony MAX (joint venture with DStv)
More Than Movies
CSC Media Group
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
Chart Show TV
Chart Show Dance
Film1 On Demand and GO
Cine Sony Television
Lifetime Latin America (joint venture with A+E Networks Latin America, distributed by HBO Latin America Group)
TruTV (UK and Ireland)
Sony Pictures Digital
Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan Inc.
Madhouse (joint venture with Nippon Television, Dentsu, VAP, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, WOWOW, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation)
Animax Broadcast Japan Inc. (joint venture with Sunrise, Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, and Nihon Ad Systems)
Animax (South Korea) (joint venture with YG Entertainment)
Animax (United Kingdom)
|Foundations and schools
|Sony Foundation for Education
Sony Music Foundation
Sony USA Foundation Inc.
Sony Foundation Australia Trustee Ltd.
Sony of Canada Science Scholarship Foundation Inc.
Sony Europe Foundation
Sony Gakuen Shohoku College
|Video and online games
|Sony Interactive Entertainment -PlayStation and Gaikai
SIE Japan Studio
SIE Santa Monica Studio
SIE San Diego Studio
SIE Bend Studio
SIE Foster City Studio
SIE London Studio
Sucker Punch Productions
|Sony/ATV Music Publishing
EMI Music Publishing (38% with The Michael Jackson Company LLC )
Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music India
Sony Music Nashville
Sony Music Latin
Provident Label Group
Columbia Records UK
RCA Label Group (UK)
Syco Music (50%)
Sony Music Entertainment Japan
A-1 Pictures Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc.
More Information About SONY
What was Sony’s first product?
Sony’s first consumer product was an electric rice cooker which was not very popular with its sale. Although the first Japanese- designed tape recorder was also introduced by Sony, which was then Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo.
The first Sony-branded product was the TR-55 transistor radio in 1955, under this name which changed later in January 1958.
What was Sony originally known for?
Sony originally was known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo KK (The Tokyo Telecommunication Engineering Corporation). Sony, in full.
Sony Corporation is a major Japanese manufacturer of consumer electronics products. Among its other ventures film, music, and financial services were also included.
What makes Sony different from other companies?
Sony integrates features that make its products attractive and profitable. They use differentiation as their generic strategy for competitive advantage.
This differentiation makes Sony products unique in comparison to other products in the market.
Some of Sony’s most notable strengths are
- Strong brand. One of Sony’s greatest assets is its well-recognized and highly-valued brand. …
- History of innovation. …
- Growing industry. …
- High price tags. …
- Weak mobile presence. …
- Emerging markets. …
- Product diversification. …
- Low-cost competitors.
Is Sony owned by Disney?
Sony is not owned by Disney in true words. In 2021, The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment signed a multi-year, Content Licensing Agreement.
This license got them an agreement for US streaming and TV rights to Sony Pictures’ new theatrical release across Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution’s vast portfolio of platforms.
Who owns Sony PlayStation?
A video gaming that consists of five home video game consoles, two handhelds, a media center, and a smartphone as well as an online service and multiple magazines, is officially abbreviated as PlayStation.
The brand is produced by Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony. The first PlayStation console was released in Japan in December 1994, which was followed worldwide later.
Who owns Sony Entertainment?
An American entertainment company established Sony Entertainment in 2012. It is a subsidiary of the Japanese Sony Group Corporation, which is managed by Sony’s American subsidiary, Sony Corporation of America.
It features in most of Sony’s motion picture, television, and music business.
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