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"It's awful. Sales are near zilch. It's another Sony bomb -- like Blu-ray."

When Sony launched its PlayStation Portable gaming device last year, it was confident that owners wouldn't mind forking over $20 per title to add UMD-based movies to their collection. Well, it appears that Sony's confidence is taking quite a beating.

Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment have put a halt to releasing UMD movies and others are including 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment are likely to drastically reduce their new releases or turn off the spigot completely.

Over at Universal pictures, one high ranking executive didn't cut Sony any slack concerning the lackluster sales of UMD titles. "It's awful. Sales are near zilch. It's another Sony bomb -- like Blu-ray," the exec claimed.

Even more telling is Wal-Mart's apprehension to the UMD format for movies. Although Wal-Mart representatives declined to comment on reports that the company will stop selling UMD movies altogether, things are looking pretty grim:

A check Wednesday of a Wal-Mart store in Santa Ana, Calif., revealed a drastic shrinkage of UMD inventory. Several shelves of movies in the PSP section were gone; all that remained were seven UMD titles sitting bookshelf-style on the top of the PSP section, with no prices or other information.

People are pointing out many reasons for UMD's failure in the movie spectrum. Some chastise Sony for releasing too many titles too fast instead of gradually releasing titles. Others cite high prices for UMD titles even though bonus materials were often cut out in order to save disc space. Another reason could be that Apple's 5G iPod pretty much stole the limelight in regards to mobile video entertainment, and that was before the UMPC craze.

Or it could be that people are just getting tired of seeing Sony introduce proprietary formats hand over fist. We have Blu-ray fighting it out with HD-DVD, Sony has even reintroduced the MiniDisc format and let's not forget MemoryStick format #194.



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LOL
By creathir on 3/30/2006 3:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
Betamax...
Minidisk...
UDM...

Blu-Ray???

This company is so rediculous. When will they learn? Standards have a purpose, and not following them...

Oh I forgot, I have to return my Betamax movies to Blockbuster! I'll incure those darn late fees!

- Creathir




RE: LOL
By Gilfred on 3/30/2006 5:57:15 PM , Rating: 4
Red Book? I think that out weighs their failures.


RE: LOL
By MDme on 3/30/2006 7:08:31 PM , Rating: 2
Red Book I think was co-developed with Philips.


RE: LOL
By masher2 (blog) on 3/30/2006 7:40:55 PM , Rating: 5
> "Red Book I think was co-developed with Philips."

And Blu-Ray was co-developed with Philips, Hitachi, and a few others.


RE: LOL
By creathir on 3/31/2006 5:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
Sure CD-DA was a success, but notice, not every stinkin' CD made is not stamped "Sony" on it.
The CD was a superb idea, but anytime this company gets their little fingers into a standard as deep as they have with Blu-Ray, like Betamax, it fails. The only reason CD-DA made it was because of the way the format was opened up for everyone to use. This comopany is an utter disaster, and I would HARDLY credit the success of CD-DA to Sony.
- Creathir


RE: LOL
By jester700 on 4/4/2006 7:42:04 AM , Rating: 2
There are instances of Sony proprietary stuff that irk me, like Memory Stick. Totally redundant and unnecessary. But some others...

Betamax WAS superior tech to VHS, and VHS didn't have THAT much of a foothold at the time. Had Beta been introduced with the playing times it had when it died, the story may have been different.

Minidisc is a great portable recording technology in terms of size & flexibility. The newest Hi-MD versions are still competitive this many years later. I will soon get another one. The problem wasn't the tech; it was Sony trying to position it as an iPod killer (which it isn't).

Blu-ray isn't going away. It may or may not win the home video wars, but the technology has great use in the PC environment. Again, it is just superior technology.

Sony's failings generally aren't their engineering people; it's their marketing department.


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