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« on: March 30, 2006, 03:00:12 PM »

According to Next Generation.


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Retail reports are suggesting that Wal-Mart may be about to quit the UMD movie market, following a downward trend in sales. Hollywood studios are abandoning the format.



This would be a huge blow to Sony I would think.  Wal-Mart is the biggest retailer in the US and I believe they are the biggest movie seller as well.  To lose them would really doom UMD I would think.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2006, 03:12:54 PM »

well.....ha...charge more than DVDs(at least they do here),and they dont have extras...bloody Sony...maybe with them trying to kill off dvds this way,and as it looks failing,it will make them even more nervous about the upcoming blu-ray,which is already having problems
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2006, 03:13:54 PM »

Mroe bad news...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/film/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002274591

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has completely stopped producing UMD movies, according to executives who asked not to be identified by name. Said one high-ranking exec: "It's awful. Sales are near zilch. It's another Sony bomb -- like Blu-ray."


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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2006, 03:19:27 PM »

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Mroe bad news...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/film/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002274591

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment has completely stopped producing UMD movies, according to executives who asked not to be identified by name. Said one high-ranking exec: "It's awful. Sales are near zilch. It's another Sony bomb -- like Blu-ray."


Yikes.

So Blu-ray is a bomb even though it's not out yet?  Hmmm.  Of course that statement by an anonymous "high-ranking exec" at Universal might have something to do with the fact that Universal is backing HD-DVD which is the format competing against Blu-ray.
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2006, 03:35:41 PM »

It would be hard to count either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray out until they actually come out. smile


UMD on the other hand I think we can say is going to die.  

There is still no way other than the PSP to play UMD movies so if you are not into gaming you probably would never buy one.  They are expensive and, they often don't have as many extras.   I see that as pretty much the recipe for doom.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2006, 03:50:15 PM »

I knew the UMD movie setup was doomed from the beginning, and I still say Sony should've come up with an encoding/encrypting/magical program that transferred DVDs into a PSP-specific file to watch from a memory card. Have the software create files that can only be played on one unique PSP for the sake of preventing downloading - or, I dunno, something - and watch memory stick sales skyrocket.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2006, 03:55:49 PM »

I'm guessing once UMD dies a deserving death, Sony will find a way to push downloading of movies.
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2006, 04:24:58 PM »

I would have rather  bought UMDs that are included with regular DVDs at a slightly higher price.  But of course, I don't think that would have flown with the movie companies.  I mean, why should a consumer get TWO copies of the same movie in one purchase.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2006, 04:40:32 PM »

Pretty much. When it comes to a choice between getting an UMD and a DVD, I always spring for the latter. If they had packaged it with DVDs for, I don't know, $5 more, I'd be buying those instead.
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2006, 06:57:11 PM »

I wonder if that means UMD clearance sales are coming.  I'm not buying them at the current prices, but I might pick up a few if they were less than $10.
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2006, 07:51:35 PM »

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Retail reports are suggesting that Wal-Mart may be about to quit the UMD movie market, following a downward trend in sales. Hollywood studios are abandoning the format.


The word suggesting used on the internet basically means: maybe, possibly, were not really sure, etc.

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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2006, 09:29:12 PM »

Who didn't see this coming?  When the first pic of the UMD was revealed to look alot like the notorious flop that was MiniDiscs, the format's fate was sealed...
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2006, 01:43:43 AM »

These things should never have been more than $9.99 to begin with.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2006, 02:22:44 AM »

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I'm guessing once UMD dies a deserving death, Sony will find a way to push downloading of movies.


They already are- they announced a few months ago that they would be offering a content download service for PSP that would IIRC include movie titles.  And with the recent announcement of downloadable games, I could easily see a PSP V2.0 without UMD.  Saves on space, battery life, and should improve load times dramatically.
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