Sony's Universal Media Disc (UMD) format has come under hot water due to disappointing sales. A number of major studios, including Paramount Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video, have cut back on production of UMD movies, or completely stopped releasing movies on the format. Wal-Mart even considered abandoned sales of the format.
The poor sales could be for a number of reasons: a) The format only runs on the Sony PSP. The format cannot be played through any other storage device; b) The region-coding for DVD also applies for UMD, meaning that the word "Universal" is irrelevant; and c) UMD movies do not have an advantage over DVD. Other than the movie itself, it does not have the extra features. I believe many people buy DVDs because they enjoy the extra features.
Ed note: What do you think? Will the studios stop releasing films on UMD?
(Edited by nullnullnull (1474), Apr 03, 2006)Re: UMD: The beginning of the end?
nullnullnull (1474), Apr 03, 2006
I own a PSP but I have never bought a UMD. Unless I really love the movie I couldn't gie two hoots about the extra features. I fly pretty often but if I am going to watch a movie I usually get a DVD and pop it in my laptop. I did watch Spider-Man 2 a couple time though. That was good.
Well like most of Sony's media, this one will go the way Betamax went.
wasnt there a cd based movie format in the early nintees i remember a few films being released but it died on its arse. Might have been for the CDI but im not sure maybe someone here knows. Regarding umd its bound to bomb if it only works on one type of machine.
I sure hope so :P I don't see the point in creating another format for watching movies, when it is only supported by PSPs... Why would I pay full-price to buy a movie for only use on a portable miniature screen, when I can buy a DVD for the same cost - only it can be played on TVs, computers, laptops, and if I wanted to watch it on the move I would just buy a portable DVD player and screen. That way I can just have one DVD collection, rather than a DVD collections separate from a UMD collection.
maybe if the movies were like 5 bucks or something then they would fly off the shelves a lot faster
Call me crazy but watching video in a pint-sized screen isn't my idea of fun, guess that's why the umds are going down the drain.
I agree with Zovni. If I want to buy a movie, then I would go out and buy a DVD. I have no intention of buying a PSP just to watch an UMD in a 110mm rectangle. Sony's attitude for those who want to try out the format: "You want to watch movies on UMD? Go out and buy yourself a Sony PSP!"
I know that Sony want UMD to succeed. If that is the case, then they want the format to be playable with devices other than the PSP itself, and the way to do this is for them to get companies to make UMD players so that we can watch UMD movies and watch them full screen.
But even if they do make TV UMD players, how will UMD be better than DVD, other than smaller? DVD took over from VHS because it had distinct advantages such as higher quality, scene selections, special features, and more space. UMD's only advantage is small physical size - everything else is inferior to DVD. There just is no reason for someone to buy a UMD movie over a DVD.
There's just no advantage to buying a UMD period. And that's why it's going away.
Yeah Zovni and yeap said it right. There is no advantage to the UMD. Watching movies on the PSP is a side dish, nobody I know of buys the PSP to watch movies. Given that, the market for UMD is tiny, and probably not enough to be profitable. If perhaps there were exclusive UMD movies, or perhaps releases for the UMD came before DVD, it could be different, but there is no point in tinkering with the already successful DVD market.