Surprising just about nobody (except perhaps Sony), sales of Sony’s “Not as good as a DVD but just as expensive and can only be played on the PSP” UMD’s have been pretty miserable. Now, movie studios are ceasing production, and it seems Wal-Mart is going to stop stocking them. Other retailers will surely follow.
Disappointing sales have slowed the flow of movies on the proprietary Universal Media Disc to a mere trickle. At least two major studios have completely stopped releasing movies on UMD, while others are either toying with the idea or drastically cutting back.
And retailers also are shrinking the amount of shelf space they’ve been devoting to UMD movies, amid talk that Wal-Mart is about to dump the category entirely.
On the other hand there’s been a lot of talk about a second-generation PSP, with loads of internal storage and maybe even a second analog stick. One thing’s for sure – if it plays movies, they’ll be downloaded ones.