Thursday, March 30, 2006

CinemaTech: Days look numbered for Sony's UMD

We at Video Thing love obsolete video formats. Betamax, LaserDisc, Ced discs, you name it. Now it looks like Sony's cute lil' UMD's are going the way of the dodo due to Licensing fees:
The latest proprietary media format to fizzle? Sony's Universal Media Disc format, developed for its PlayStation Portable. Anyone who wanted to produce movies on UMD had to pay Sony a license fee, and the movies only played in that one Sony device.Now two studios, Universal (coincidentally) and Paramount seem to have stopped supporting the format, according to this piece from The Hollywood Reporter.


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