UMD's Slumping Performance

Another Sony proprietary media has deemed itself a failure. Variety is reporting that many studios cutting down on UMD releases in the future. Studios include Sony Pictures (??), Paramount and Warner. The studios are saying that the UMD is a failing because the amount of "piracy" happening. I like to think it is failing because it is a bad proprietary media format.

Sony will attempt to revitalize PSP movie sales by releasing bundled DVD/UMD titles. Unfortunately these dual-format released will be $28.95, still more expensive than just buying the DVD and ripping it to a memory stick. Also, Sony will be introducing the Connection digital media store for content downloading onto the PSP. This service will allow for movie downloads among other things and should be available next month.

Portable Movie Sales Dry Up [Kamalot]