It’s good to see that someone is finally doing something about video piracy, and giving users a legal alternative to download movies online.
From the BBC article:
Sony is to make its top 500 films available digitally in the next year. Michael Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures, said at a US Digital Hollywood conference that it wanted to create an “iTunes” for films.
However, are Sony the right company to this? Everything they do uses their own weird proprietary technology and is much more expensive than similarly classed products. Look at the memory stick for example – it can cost nearly double the price of other flash memory and only works in Sony devices.
No doubt Sony’s forays into this arena will involve users downloading videos in some strange format, and playable only on overpriced Sony devices.
When I download movies from the Internet, I want to be able to watch them on my PC, TV, mobile phone or other portable video player – whether they’re made by Sony or not.