The writing has been on the wall for a while in regard to the PlayStation Portable’s UMD format movies, but don’t count Sony’s handheld down and out just yet.
There’s a report in Forbes that says Sony plans to start offering video download content for its PSP in the first quarter of 2007. The plan revolves around a one-time transfer of videos from a PC to a PSP.
The service will work in conjunction with the memory stick for storage purposes.
Amazon Unbox, Movielink and CinemaNow are the currently named possible content providers.
This is a great move on Sony’s part and one I’d personally like to see brought to fruition. It’s good for PSP owners. It’s good for the content providers. And, frankly, it’s a brilliant way for Sony to take advantage of a new trend while allowing UMD to die quietly if it must.