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Blu-ray Disc downgradable for PSP viewing coming later this year

Sony demonstrated at CES 2008 a new feature that would allow a PlayStation 3 to prepare a playable movie for the PSP on Memory Stick Duo using a Blu-ray Disc movie as the source.

"This way, you can have a portable copy you can take with you," said David Bishop, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, adding that this was just one of the new features coming to Blu-ray Disc. "There was always the promise of greater interactivity. You'll see that coming in the new year."

The feature will likely be on a disc-by-disc basis, as rather than having the PlayStation 3 re-encode movies for the PSP’s resolution, a PSP-specific version would be stored on the Blu-ray Disc media. This grants the original movie studios’ professional encoding artists to optimize the video for viewing on a handheld system. This also means, however, that current Blu-ray Disc movies may not be able to make the seamless transition to the PSP.

The ability to downgrade a movie to a portable resolution was first seen on Fox’s Live Free, Die Hard and Warner’s Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix on standard-definition DVD.

Should this feature truly become commonplace on Blu-ray Disc and DVD movies, then it makes the UMD movie format a rather hard sell. With new UMD movies priced not much cheaper than Blu-ray Disc and DVD, the added utility of having both a home theater and a portable version at one’s disposal could spell the end of the PSP-specific disc format.



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RE: On the other hand
By VisionxOrb on 1/9/2008 11:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
HD-DVD can only play on a regular dvd player if it's a combo disk which ends up using one of the layers leaving only 1 15gig layer for the HD movie. ( this is of course only true for a single sided disk )

How ever, What they do need is a free legal utility ( from sony or who ever ) that would convert the main movie on a BD title into SD DVD format. That way every disk you buy going forward would be on Blu-ray as you could still use that content on the "kids" player in there room or the car etc and don't have to replace every dvd player in the house right away. Brilliant! mass adoption of BRD in 5.4.3.2....


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