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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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lost mine too
By Zelvek on 3/30/2006 8:13:17 PM , Rating: 2
It seems that every Idiot that does not know any thing about electronics is still unfortunatly byeing sony. they always think it has the most advanced abilities and the highest quality. and the worst part about this is that I work at an electronic store and have to tollerate these Idiots who think I'm the Idiot when I tell them that a Phillips or Toshiba device that is cheeper is just as good. plus in my past experience sony has had the worst costomer sevice when you have to use the warenty they make you jump through three times the hoops that other companys do. Their propietary formats are just the final blow that I cannot tollerat. Rather than trying to make an existing format better rather than simplifying things for the costomer they make somthing totaly neew that cost more and is almost entirly limmited to them.




RE: lost mine too
By abhaxus on 3/30/2006 10:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
eh... philips isn't that great either. sony has its strong products, but they are usually overpriced for what features you get vs something like a toshiba. toshiba and philips have their failures as well (look at the last 2 years of tube TVs from either company). not that i'm a sony fanboy, actually the opposite, but every company has their product lines that are terrible.


RE: lost mine too
By Samus on 3/31/2006 4:45:00 AM , Rating: 2
Toshiba HD widescreen tube TV's were ranked #1 and #3 in the 30-34" segment of consumer reports for 2005. I know, because I researched and bought one.

...and it is beautiful.

Sony was ranked as a not-to-buy in this segment, with poor reliability and high return rates (which can be argued because people return things for dumb reasons)


RE: lost mine too
By otispunkmeyer on 4/18/2006 4:52:27 PM , Rating: 2
sony do have some good stuff

i just bought a their 6GB NW-A1000 MP3 player for the simple fact that all it does is play music. a task which it does very well.

ipod, and the creative zens and stuff just trying to be too much, a music player, a video player, a radio, a picture viewer etc etc.... why bother if you just wanna play music

so there it is, it looks like a pebble, loooks like it has no screen untill you turn it on. its a got a single colour OLED display and it plays music for 20hours...what more could you want. its definately a product that shows sony at their best


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