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April 05, 2005

Sony building iTunes for Movies

Via tarheel-euphoric DigitalMerging.la, News.com quotes Michael Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures:

"We want to set business models, pricing models, distribution models like (Apple Computer CEO Steve) Jobs did for music, but for the film industry."

Further in the news article:

To that end, Arrieta said, his group plans to digitize Sony Pictures' top 500 films and make them available for the first time in various digital environments within the next year. He said the distribution for films like "Spider-Man 2" will go beyond just Movielink, the video-on-demand joint venture of Sony Pictures and several other major studios, which to date has hosted a limited library of Sony's movies.

For example, Sony plans to sell and make films available in flash memory for mobile phones in the next year, Arrieta said. It also will further develop its digital stores for downloading and owning films on the PC, he said in an interview.

While not specifically mentioned in the article, it also certainly means support for the PSP, which in my mind, is no brainer service for young professionals that travel for business. Software like PSP Video 9 are certainly handy for PSP users, but I'll trade the hassles of converting a DVD to a usable file format and the hours it takes to transcode it for an inexpensive download of a video file that must be watched within a few days.

Posted on April 05, 2005

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