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SONY HALTS SALES OF DIRECT SATELLITE DISHES
Published September 7, 1995
Sony Corp. has "halted sales" of its 18-inch digital satellite dish systems "following a rash of consumer complaints," according to the WALL STREET JOURNAL. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that shipments had stopped in August. The problems involve picture reception. The spokesperson estimated the number of their affected consumers at 2.5% and said they expect to have a solution "quickly." This summer, Sony joined Thomson's RCA brand as the sole dish manufacturers in the market (Jeffrey Trachtenberg, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/7). The JOURNAL's "Heard on the Street" column notes that GM's Hughes Electronics stock jumped last year on the expected success of DirecTV and its NFL "Sunday Ticket" package. But slower sales this summer had some investors wonder whether they had "miscalculated the long- term outlook for DirecTV." However, August brought 85,000 new subscribers (July showed 50,000) and some still believe DirecTV will be in 1.3 million homes by the end of '95 (Susan Putnam, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/7).