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Kingston, Paramount to sell movies on flash memory

updated 02:20 pm EST, Mon November 2, 2009

Kingston USB, SD cards to carry movies

Kingston and Paramount unveiled an unusual deal today that will see the latter's movies made available on SD cards and USB flash drives. The partners haven't detailed the formats involved but say the movies will be available both in bundles as well as individually. Neither company has committed to a release date.

The gesture is one of the few commitments to providing movies on non-optical storage and is considered a means of spreading video to systems that don't have Blu-ray or DVD drives, such as netbooks or handhelds. Standard definition movies are most likely as these can usually fit into 2GB or less of storage.



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  1. EternalGuest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2009

    -5

    this is

    dumb.

  1. MacAssemble

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    Joined: Jan 2008

    +8

    Why dumb? please explain your opinion!

    If this turns out to be true, I think it will set a huge milestone for the studios. People want their content portable! The downside is that it will probably be a Windows only thing at first and will be so well locked down that the technology struggles to take off.

    I am exited though!

  1. WiseWeasel

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    Joined: Apr 1999

    +2

    Not Gonna Happen

    Two main problems will ensure that this goes nowhere:

    1) Cost. The cost of a commercially pressed DVD is around $0.15 in orders of hundreds of thousands of units, and a BluRay is about $2-3 (and falling fast). Flash memory is about 15-30X that cost for the same capacity.

    2) Format/Compatibility. This will be a DRM-encumbered format that will not play on existing devices. There would have to be very strong consumer demand for such a format in order to drive a mass-market shift to support it, and as BluRay backers have come to realize, there is not too much demand on the consumer side to abandon the DVD format. The next format after shiny discs will be electronic delivery, not more compact physical delivery, particularly since there will be no improvement in resolution or image/sound quality to encourage adoption.

  1. pt123

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    Joined: Sep 2007

    +2

    managed copies

    Couldn't they just get managed copies to work? I could get the Blu-ray disc and copy it to SD card for my external device.

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