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Anonymous
March 22, 2005 12:51:56 AM

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Sony Sees Movies on the PSP
Full-length films will be available on the UMD format when the device
launches in the U.S. next week.

Martyn Williams, IDG News Service
Friday, March 18, 2005

Sony Computer Entertainment will begin to realize its plan to expand
the PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform beyond games into prerecorded
movies and other video next week when it launches the PSP in North
America.

The upcoming launch on March 24 will be the first for the PSP outside
Japan, where it was launched on December 12.

At present, only gaming software is available in the PSP's UMD
(Universal Media Disc) format. UMD is a 2.4-inch optical disc inside a
protective cartridge. Each disc can hold up to 1.8GB of data. That's
significantly less than a DVD-Video, but by using more advanced
compression and cutting DVD extras such as out-takes, SCEI can fit a
movie on a UMD disc.

Portable Media Player

The availability of films on UMD from March 24 will mark the start of
the PSP's transformation into a portable media player, says Masa
Chatani, corporate executive and chief technology officer of SCEI, in
an interview Friday.

The first 1 million PSP Value Packs being distributed in North America
will contain a copy of the film Spider-Man 2, and Sony Pictures
Entertainment has announced a further seven titles that it plans to
launch on UMD. The PSP has also received support from other movie
studios. Lions Gate Entertainment has announced 16 titles and earlier
this week Buena Vista Home Entertainment said it plans to release five
titles on UMD.

"In the U.S. we have already met with all the major studios," Chatani
says. "They pretty much love the PSP and the quality of the UMD. They
are also happy because it's not cannibalizing their existing business.
It's an incremental purchase and poses very little risk to their
existing business."

The PSP has a widescreen format, 4.3-inch display, and movies will be
displayed in up to 480 pixels by 272 pixels resolution. While the
screen is about a quarter of the resolution of a conventional
widescreen TV, its small size should mean that images remain sharp and
crisp.

SCEI has yet to announce UMD support in products beyond the PSP, but
it has talked about the possibility of making it a common format for a
family of gadgets. Should this happen, the UMD movies may benefit from
future players with larger screens. The movies are stored on the discs
at a resolution of 720 pixels by 480 pixels, says Chatani. That's the
same resolution as DVD.

The discs have something else in common with DVDs: region coding.
Whether it is actually used, however, is up to the content publisher,
as in the DVD world, he says. To date, game publishers haven't been
overly keen to use the system, but the same might not be true of movie
companies. The Spider Man 2 disc bundled at launch will be region
coded to North America and won't work on Japanese systems, says
Chatani.

Let the Music Play

There's a third format in the UMD family: UMD Audio. No companies have
announced plans yet to release audio-only UMD discs, and Chatani
thinks some may opt for a combination of the audio and video formats
to offer users a disc of music with accompanying music videos or short
films.

Users can also view and listen to their own content on the PSP through
memory cards, a feature that has been popular among early purchasers,
says Chatani. Earlier this week Sony, SCEI's parent, announced a new
version of its PSX combined game console and digital video recorder
that can compress video onto memory cards for playback on the PSP.

By launching next week, Sony is keeping a promise to North American
consumers that it would launch the PSP before the end of its current
fiscal year, which finishes on March 31. The company made the same
promise to European users but has had to let them down.

Demand for the system is strong and SCEI is on track to meet its
fiscal year target of 3 million units shipped, he says. In Japan,
after an initial surge when the PSP first went on sale, demand has
remained fairly constant and many shops are unable to keep stock, he
says.

The company is shipping about a million units to retailers for the
North American launch, or about five times the number available at
launch in Japan.

The Value Pack will cost $250 in the U.S.

http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,120113,tk,dn0...


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Anonymous
March 22, 2005 9:32:44 AM

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Maybe I'm missing something, but why would anyone want to watch a movie on a
3X5 screen? I think it's just a novelty... but I guess I could be wrong...
would you guys want to watch Spiderman 2 on a screen the size of your palm?
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 2:59:44 PM

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> Maybe I'm missing something, but why would anyone want to watch a movie on
a
> 3X5 screen? I think it's just a novelty... but I guess I could be
wrong...
> would you guys want to watch Spiderman 2 on a screen the size of your
palm?

During a flight, on the train or on longer drivingtrips its perfect.
This is probably not a thing for americans since they dont go to other
countries.

..Jarle
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Anonymous
March 22, 2005 2:59:45 PM

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"Jarle Hrafn Grindhaug" <jarle@[nospamingfilter]spiderman.no> wrote in
message news:423ffa4c$1@news.broadpark.no...
>
>
>> Maybe I'm missing something, but why would anyone want to watch a movie
>> on
> a
>> 3X5 screen? I think it's just a novelty... but I guess I could be
> wrong...
>> would you guys want to watch Spiderman 2 on a screen the size of your
> palm?
>
> During a flight, on the train or on longer drivingtrips its perfect.
> This is probably not a thing for americans since they dont go to other
> countries.

There are other countries?

>
> .Jarle
>
>
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 3:24:15 PM

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In article <g_O%d.191$zl.158@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com>,
blackhole34@yahoo.com says...
>
>Maybe I'm missing something, but why would anyone want to watch a movie on a
>3X5 screen? I think it's just a novelty... but I guess I could be wrong...
>would you guys want to watch Spiderman 2 on a screen the size of your palm?
>
>
>

Last week I was riding on a little King Air twin prop to a field station to
fix a broke bird. It was the middle of the night and dark as hell. It took two
hours and I had nothing to do....I was thinking while being bored that it
would have been nice to have the PSP for games and maybe a movie.
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 5:48:33 PM

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Buckaroo Banzai wrote:
> Maybe I'm missing something, but why would anyone want to watch a movie on a
> 3X5 screen? I think it's just a novelty... but I guess I could be wrong...
> would you guys want to watch Spiderman 2 on a screen the size of your palm?
>
>
>
I agree. Purely a novelty. It might be good for music videos where
you're really listening to the music just like an MP3 player but a
slight benefit of a tiny screen worth of video. I can't see the point.

Matthew
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 5:48:34 PM

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Have you actually seen the screen? it's not small. It's simply a choice
if you want to watch movies on the psp and why not you can convert your
own movies and watch on the go. It beats carrying around a bigger
portable dvd player around.
Also if you think that's small, the Nintendo DS screen is
much smaller and they are getting an adapter to play videos and mp3 so
isn't that more of a novelty to purchase such an item?
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 5:48:35 PM

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"BeZerKer A.K.A. DooMsDaY" <morozco@webtv.net> wrote in message
news:3247-423FC766-641@storefull-3214.bay.webtv.net...
> Have you actually seen the screen? it's not small. It's simply a choice
> if you want to watch movies on the psp and why not you can convert your
> own movies and watch on the go. It beats carrying around a bigger
> portable dvd player around.
> Also if you think that's small, the Nintendo DS screen is
> much smaller and they are getting an adapter to play videos and mp3 so
> isn't that more of a novelty to purchase such an item?
>

Can you hook the PSP up to your TV to play the movie on your television
screen?
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 6:25:06 PM

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Finally saw the PSP at a local mall and it looks stunning, and yes, I had a
I-gotta-get-me-one-of-those moment. It was about 1.6 times the price of the
PSP, about USD342. If you're in the US, then count yourself lucky. Depending
on the cost of games, I am planning to get one once it is officially
released here (instead of the Japanese imports), hopefully with the price
trimmed down.
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 7:05:06 PM

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BeZerKer A.K.A. DooMsDaY wrote:
> Have you actually seen the screen? it's not small. It's simply a choice
> if you want to watch movies on the psp and why not you can convert your
> own movies and watch on the go. It beats carrying around a bigger
> portable dvd player around.
> Also if you think that's small, the Nintendo DS screen is
> much smaller and they are getting an adapter to play videos and mp3 so
> isn't that more of a novelty to purchase such an item?
>
No but to me a 34cm screen is small for watching movies. It may be
better than its competitors but still I don't see the point. I wouldn't
buy a portable dvd player either. Like I say, it would be OK for music
videos or even watching TV, keeping up with the cricket or whatever, but
you would need a TV tuner for that. I don't see the point to sitting
around a tiny screen for 2 hours. I would rather sit in front of the
projector screen with the dolby 5.1

Matthew
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 7:05:07 PM

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"Matthew Gunn" <matthewgunn_au@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:423fd0ee@quokka.wn.com.au...
> BeZerKer A.K.A. DooMsDaY wrote:
>> Have you actually seen the screen? it's not small. It's simply a choice
>> if you want to watch movies on the psp and why not you can convert your
>> own movies and watch on the go. It beats carrying around a bigger
>> portable dvd player around. Also if you think that's small, the Nintendo
>> DS screen is
>> much smaller and they are getting an adapter to play videos and mp3 so
>> isn't that more of a novelty to purchase such an item?
>>
> No but to me a 34cm screen is small for watching movies. It may be better
> than its competitors but still I don't see the point. I wouldn't buy a
> portable dvd player either. Like I say, it would be OK for music videos
> or even watching TV, keeping up with the cricket or whatever, but you
> would need a TV tuner for that. I don't see the point to sitting around a
> tiny screen for 2 hours. I would rather sit in front of the projector
> screen with the dolby 5.1

The way I see it, it'll be a great little gaming machine to play for me when
my wife watches TV, and it'll be a great little movie player for the kids on
those long car trips to far-away relatives. Everybody wins!

Nils
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 9:32:40 PM

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In article <i7cv311j81m6q816tlqpsfb1anp0jhlr8c@4ax.com>,
Ablang <HilaryDuffEverAfter@ablang-duff.com> wrote:

> Sony Computer Entertainment will begin to realize its plan to expand
> the PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform beyond games into prerecorded
> movies and other video next week when it launches the PSP in North
> America.

Remember my May 2004 report here that Sony would emphasize movies on the
PSP, that was roundly laughed off? Well, here they are getting multiple
studios to support the format, and packing a movie into every box
instead of a game.

I told you.
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 9:33:35 PM

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"Mike O'Connor" <mike@leptonicsystems.com> wrote in message
news:mike-CB04AD.18323922032005@optonline.svc.highwinds-media.com...
> In article <i7cv311j81m6q816tlqpsfb1anp0jhlr8c@4ax.com>,
> Ablang <HilaryDuffEverAfter@ablang-duff.com> wrote:
>
>> Sony Computer Entertainment will begin to realize its plan to expand
>> the PlayStation Portable (PSP) platform beyond games into prerecorded
>> movies and other video next week when it launches the PSP in North
>> America.
>
> Remember my May 2004 report here that Sony would emphasize movies on the
> PSP, that was roundly laughed off? Well, here they are getting multiple
> studios to support the format, and packing a movie into every box
> instead of a game.
>
> I told you.

I said way before May 2004 that no "pack in" on any console was a rip-off.
Guess they listened.

Told you.
Anonymous
March 22, 2005 9:53:29 PM

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Matthew Gunn <matthewgunn_au@hotmail.com> wrote:

> No but to me a 34cm screen is small for watching movies. It may be
> better than its competitors but still I don't see the point. I wouldn't
> buy a portable dvd player either. Like I say, it would be OK for music
> videos or even watching TV, keeping up with the cricket or whatever, but
> you would need a TV tuner for that. I don't see the point to sitting
> around a tiny screen for 2 hours. I would rather sit in front of the
> projector screen with the dolby 5.1

It's a *portable* player - it's not supposed to replace your home system,
but most people don't spend all their time at home.

There are currentally ways of transfering other video content to a memory
stick and watching that. So, if you've been downloading TV shows to your
computer, you could dump them onto your PSP and watch while on the bus,
train, plane, etc. Several of my friends take the train to work, and it's
about an hour trip. Many of them have Game Boys, PDAs, iPods, or even a
full blown laptop for their game/music/video needs. The PSP would just be
yet another choice for them.

The PSP's advantage is going to be in it's flexibility - it can play
games, music, or video and is smaller/lighter than a laptop. The main
downside is the battery life, which seems to last between 3-6 hours on
average, depending on what you use the PSP for.
Anonymous
March 23, 2005 5:15:07 PM

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"MS#1Fanboy-JoJo" <jojo@cox.net> wrote in message
news:E4X%d.961$AN1.432@fed1read03...

> Me too but when your on the road or at work/school you can't carry that 60
> inch screen with you.


Um, in those cases I'm either driving (unlike you having your mum pop you
around).
Or Working. That's why it's called work, Mr. Lazy Liberal.
Or Learning instead of drawing boobs and REM RULEZ on my notebooks.

What a loaf of poo you are.
Anonymous
March 24, 2005 12:13:52 AM

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In article <4241cdcc$2$3226$bb4e3ad8@newscene.com>,
fredliken@toocool4school.com says...
>
>"MS#1Fanboy-JoJo" <jojo@cox.net> wrote in message
>news:E4X%d.961$AN1.432@fed1read03...
>
>> Me too but when your on the road or at work/school you can't carry that 60
>> inch screen with you.
>
>
>Um, in those cases I'm either driving (unlike you having your mum pop you
>around).
>Or Working. That's why it's called work, Mr. Lazy Liberal.
>Or Learning instead of drawing boobs and REM RULEZ on my notebooks.
>
>What a loaf of poo you are.
>
>
I guess your having problems reading again. Look above for my post about
riding in a King Air last week. Two hours in the black dark=boring. I was
saying that it would have been nice to have the PSP then for some movie
watching. Some of us have jobs that require us to fly sometimes. I realize you
don't have this problem working at Gamestop. Hey next time I'm in there please
don't act like the god of all things videogames.
Anonymous
March 24, 2005 3:05:04 AM

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MS#1Fanboy-JoJo <jojo@cox.net> wrote:

> I guess your having problems reading again. Look above for my post about
> riding in a King Air last week. Two hours in the black dark=boring. I was
> saying that it would have been nice to have the PSP then for some movie
> watching. Some of us have jobs that require us to fly sometimes. I realize you
> don't have this problem working at Gamestop. Hey next time I'm in there please
> don't act like the god of all things videogames.

I didn't think he was old enough to work?
Anonymous
March 24, 2005 7:30:19 AM

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In article <114411gsj8khu7f@corp.supernews.com>, djacobs@shell.rawbw.com
says...
>
>MS#1Fanboy-JoJo <jojo@cox.net> wrote:
>
>> I guess your having problems reading again. Look above for my post about
>> riding in a King Air last week. Two hours in the black dark=boring. I was
>> saying that it would have been nice to have the PSP then for some movie
>> watching. Some of us have jobs that require us to fly sometimes. I realize
you
>> don't have this problem working at Gamestop. Hey next time I'm in there
please
>> don't act like the god of all things videogames.
>
>I didn't think he was old enough to work?


I think he's a 43 year old Gamestop employee. He's been trying for manager
since he was 23.
Anonymous
March 25, 2005 5:18:54 AM

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MS#1Fanboy-JoJo <jojo@cox.net> wrote:

> I think he's a 43 year old Gamestop employee. He's been trying for manager
> since he was 23.

Well, he's certainly got the technical "no-how" for the job...
!