PSP Content Is Growing13 May, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf
More content is lining up for Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP), tapping into the expected demand for sports, animation and music programming on the PSP.
In addition, content suppliers are offering digital downloads for the PSP. Heavy.com plans to open its library of animated and live-action broadband programming for download to the PSP, starting with six episodes of the action sports series “Blisster.” Heavy.com is a leading broadband network, with more than 5 million monthly viewers.
“Sony recognized that our unique and signature content was ideal to reach its target demographic of 18- to 34-year-old men, and to showcase the PSP's nongaming capabilities,” said David Carson, co-CEO of Heavy.com.
In the coming weeks, more than 40 hours of Heavy programming will become available for download. Other programs in Heavy's coffers include the “Behind the Music That Sucks” and “Contagious” series.
Central Park Media has announced it will provide downloadable trailers of new and classic animation titles for PSP. Central Park will also offer its most recent acquisition, Tokyo horror film Kakurenbo, for PSP download.
Meanwhile, Eagle Rock Entertainment is offering downloadable music DVD content on its Web site (www.eaglerockent.com) from several of the supplier's music DVD releases, including Alice Cooper: Brutally Live, Busta Rhymes: Everything Remains Raw, DIO: Evil or Divide, Marilyn Manson: Guns, God and Government World Tour and The Cure: Trilogy.
Genius Products announced this week the June 14 release of two “National Lampoon” animated titles, The Best of the Romp and Tooned Up, to the PSP software, the Universal Media Disc (UMD).
The UMDs run 60 minutes and will be released the same day as the DVD, at $14.99 each.
“There's nothing better than edgy, new technology to reach the growing generation of young men who play video games,” said Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of Genius Products.U.K.-based publication/Web site The Register reported recently that hackers in the region have cracked the copy-protection code on the UMD. For now, that doesn't mean a whole lot, the article pointed out, given that there's no writable UMD discs on which to pirate the content. But content could at some point be downloaded to a memory stick and used on a PSP, the article noted.