You Mean People Don't Like Closed, Proprietary Movie Formats?
from the really?-you're-serious? dept
Despite reports several months ago that they were selling well, Sony's UMD movie format looks to be in its death throes, with movie studios stopping the release of their films on UMD, and some retailers no longer stocking them. It's hard to understand why the UMD failed -- what's not to like about a proprietary format that works with just one device? Movie execs point the finger at the arrival of the video iPod, and the inability to hook the PSP up to TV sets as the reason for the failure of UMD, but that's missing the point. The reason it's failed is because Sony -- yet again -- tried to lock consumers into a format they didn't want or need. There's nothing inherently better about the video iPod itself than the PSP for watching videos, if anything the PSP's huge screen blows it away. But iTunes offers users a wide variety of video content, at somewhat reasonable prices -- not a movie that's locked solely to the PSP for the same cost as a standard DVD. Sony owns a movie studio, it could have lead the way with some sort of digital distribution plan for PSP video content, but as it's proven time and time again with things like Betamax, the Minidisc, ATRAC and now UMD and Blu-Ray, it thinks its own locked-down, proprietary methods are better.