Earlier this year, we scolded Sony for its decision to release movies in a proprietary format (UMD) for the PSP -- noting that proprietary formats didn't really make sense, and wondering why people would buy movies that could only be played on a single device. Apparently, the answer is "because there's nothing else interesting to play on the device -- but the screen is so spectacular that we want to watch something on it." It turns out UMD movies are actually selling quite well, contrary to what we predicted. Still, it doesn't seem likely that this will continue. It looks like one of the main reasons that these movies have been selling well is simply because there haven't been enough compelling games for the device -- so PSP owners have been looking for something to do with the impressive screen quality, and the UMD movies fit the bill. However, as more games do come out for the PSP, and people begin to realize that they can't do much else with the UMD movies they buy, it may become more difficult to convince people that UMD movies are worth it.
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