movies companies are dropping UMD from their production line. heres why, with increasingly big memory cards out there, people can easily rip DVD's and compress it onto a sony memory stick to watch on their psp. Plus it just didnt catch on that much and if you want to watch the same movie on your new HD tv,....you're going to need to buy a DVD or Bluray version of the movie. So if you're a Spiderman Fan, most likely you have Spiderman 2 on dvd. Then you probably bought the UMD version of it. and when blueray comes out, you will buy a Blueray version of spiderman 2. how many people would want to buy 3 of the same movies out there so they can watch it on different devices.
firstly i d like to state i am newbie, i hope this introduction about UMD wil be helpful for most of newbies,
UMD--universal media disc
The Universal Media Disc is Sony?s proprietary technology that works exclusively on their PSP handheld gaming console. With 1.8 gigabytes of storage capability, a universal media disc would be a great medium for consumers to store large amounts of their personal data to use on the PSP. Although Sony hasn?t announced any plans for recordable universal media discs, this would be a great opportunity for PSP users.
The outside of the universal media disc is protected by a hard shell with a small portion of the shell cutout to allow for playback. The disc is approximately half the size of an actual CD. The universal media disc?s 128-bit encryption keys works alongside the PSP to create a secure environment for the disc?s content. That will please developers and studios who are desperately trying to protect their work from piracy.
today i came accross a new term named UMD when i visited a psp site, they provide a number of movie clips of UMD formats for download. i know very little about this format, curious about it, then i found that. but i do think if they provide more movies to download since available videos of UMD format are quite limited, users will benefit more. at least they can introduce a converting tool like ImTOO PSP Video Converter on their site, so users can convert more movies of non-UMD format and watch them on PSP.
at least i can watch some clips about worldcup on PSP. Sounds great!