Is anyone really surprised that Sony’s UMD format is a failure? I was the lucky recipient of a PSP when I quit TOWER, and it came with a UMD disc for free. That I’ve never watched, never wanted to watch, and will almost certainly never want to watch. Why? Well, the movie is a good one (Spiderman), but why would I want to watch a format which is low resolution and expensive? I’d much rather transcode things for my PSP (although I am having troubles with MythTV and this at the moment) than buy the same content over and over, which seems to be Sony’s goal here.
Rule of thumb? Don’t release a new format unless it’s actually better than the existing ones.