The UMD suddenly becomes popular, but why ?
i own a PSP, but never bought a single UMD movie because i thought it was over priced. i guess that's where they messed up on, the price. if UMD movies were $10 or less, of course it'll sell like nothing.
the real problem is bacuase u can only play them on a psp and which really limits it`s usage.
The title is somewhat misleading, if we read the article we can see the editor note that Warner may very well be clearing their stock and in the conclusion the author states:
"But, as already said, it’s hard to see that such retail re-evaluations are likely to come into force beyond short term sale prices—which may well mean the end for UMD movies."
I really do like my PSP, but I despise UMDs.
It does not take a genius to know; it didn't sell because it was too expensive. Now that they are priced based on their value; people will buy it. The question is whether is profitable or not for the industry at that price. If not; this news will not save UMD.
Same things apply to blu ray. You have to have an HD TV...Preferrably 1080p...to enjoy a blu ray movie....which is priced 10 to 20 dollars over the price of Standard DVD's. Thats not going to fly well with your "Walmart Generation Consumer". I see the same thing happening with Blu ray. Millions will buy the ps3. And if you were to take a poll on how many of those millions buy blu ray movies to watch on their standard televisions or 720p televisions....it would be such a small amount it won't even show up on the radar. And Sony is way off base to assume it will help boost blu ray movies sales. They thought the same thing about all there other Failed formats. And I'm not bashing the ps3's choice of format...I'm just being honest and realistic about it. We live in the real world. Where people really don't have 1080p tvs by an large and where people really don't have extra money to blow on the average. Think about it.
Hey topgamer you forgot all about hddvd. Oh i forgot microsoft is backing hddvd so that don't count. Man this site cracks me up.
Well Sony never made one format a succes, Betamax, Minidisc, UMD... Blu Ray...
And HD-DVD stand alone is half the price of BR but HD-DVD has better quality. What would consumers buy?
HD is also a term people know. They own a HD-TV, they buy a HD-DVD. The term DVD is also familiar with them. It's a logical step.
And: the next 5 to 7 years 720p will be mainstream. 1080p won't.
"Well Sony never made one format a succes"
That would be an incorrect statement. The camcorder tapes (Video8), 3.5" Floppy disks, and DVD (Sony, Phillips, and Toshiba) would all be considered successes. Even the MD disks were very popular in Asia (though they flopped elsewhere), popular enough to actually net a profit. As for the DVD, when it was introduced in 1997, it only sold 300 or so million. That is, until the PS2 came out in 2000, when sales of DVDs rose to an astounding 665 million (approx.) the following year (2001). When a survey was taken, 46% of PS2 owners said that the PS2 was their first DVD player. If I remember correctly, DVD players were still floating around $300-$400 when the PS2 first came out. To say that early PS3 adopters won't be curious enough about Blu-ray to at least buy 1 or 2 movies, along with the games, is just plain silly. And about the argument of most people not having/being able to afford a HDtv, well, those people shouldn't even be shopping for the 360/PS3. They should stick with the Xbox/PS2/Wii.
But anyways, I sure do hope UMD movie prices go down before they go out...there are a couple UMD movies I wouldn't mind purchasing if the price is right (under $10).
I didn't forget HD Dvd. Its a tad different buddy. For one, the HD dvd movies at walmart are under 20 for new releases and 20 dollars for older releases as a standard. Secondly, you can build your HD dvd collection without having a 1080p tv or even a HD dvd player. You can buy an HD dvd movie and watch it on your standard DVD...right now as we speak. Sure it won't be in HD but at least you can ease your way into the Next Gen format. And lastly, With HD dvd stand alones costing 400 dollars and as of "NOW" beating out blu ray players that cost 1000 dollars...its really a no brainer what your "average" consumer will choose. And movie fanatics "ALWAYS" choose stand alone players to watch movies in their entertainment area of their house. So, its quite a bit different and it has nothing to do with MS. The average consumer don't even use recordable DVD players so they could care less about what formatt can recored up to 100 gigs of data eventually. They want movies at the best resolution and for the more affordable price. Its really that simple.
they are being closed out at a reasonable price. They just cant throw them away so they need to empty out their junk at a cheap price. TOPGAMER TOPGAMER TOPGAMER---- I didn't know HD-DVDs can be played on a regular DVD player. Do you know this for sure? because i've been holding off on buying HD-DVDs untill i get my player. So if this is true i can start now and still watch them untill i upgrade.
Yes I am sure about this. HD Dvd releases are double sided. One side having the standard version on it. Its a Good Deal for sure. Thats one of the many advantages to HD dvd.
Now to liquifiedart .... You are a genious. Read my profile buddy. And I know everything I type is the Real Deal. Thanks for the compliment.
Its quite obvious reading his posts, and seeing the lengthly paragraphs he types.
Just understand who is the one typing behind the avatar.
I like UMD if they were only more useful. If i could wirelessly stream video from the psp UMD player to the PS3 onto the TV, i'd most def buy loads of UMDs. but otherwise you can only watch them on the psp :(.
He surely deservs punishment as his other accounts got downgraded to 3 bubbles.
Read his profile, this obsessed guy is the only one here that needs medicine. Well maybe he already takes some, but it doesn't work like it should. He surely also don't know what he's talkinabout, new releases are never cheaper than the older ones and I don't see any differences in prices at bestbuy:
It's probably just like everything about this guy a lie.
The title isn't misleading, cause WB sells now 10 times more than before and they are sureky making enough profit at such price, otherwise they wouldn't remove the limitation.
To be fair...here are blu ray movies at walmart....
Too bad they don't sell the blu ray player though...but they sure do sell the HD dvd player....
Should Warner Bros. and other movie studios drop UMD prices from the original tier of $25 to $10 nationwide, they'll sell like crazy. The UMD format is already doing very well considering every PSP title is pressed onto a UMD disc. With ~20 million PSPs sold, that's a lot of UMD discs that have been purchased. Movies are simply an optional, but very nice, usage of the format. Especially because of the PSP's gorgeous screen.
They never should have tried to sell them for the same price, or more expensive than the dvd releases. Its great that someone finally realizes that a lower quality movie selling for a niche market should cost less.
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