Sony is bleeding money. They sell almost all of their consumer products at barely breaking even.
Today, Nikkei and the Associated Press are reporting the following:
Sony to purge 10.000 employees
Sony had forecast a $2.7 billion loss for its just-ended fiscal year; the company lost $2.1 billion in the last calendar quarter of 2011 alone, mostly because of its flagging television sales.
Why exactly would Apple want to get into this business? Beats me.