Sony brings TV to PSP


The Universal Media Disc, a proprietary format for Sony's PlayStation Portable, may have failed as a movie format, but Sony's continued attempts to portray the PSP as a multimedia device rather than a game player now find the company trying again, this time with TV shows.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Thursday announced it is offering popular MTV programming on the UMD, marking the first collaboration between SCEA and a major TV content provider.

Headed for UMD are "Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection," volumes 2 and 3; "Jackass," volumes 2 and 3; "Wildboyz," volumes 1 and 2; "Viva La Bam," volumes 2-4; and "Aeon Flux: The Complete Animated Collection."

"This collaboration with MTV is a key first step in meeting the needs of our consumers, who are utilizing PSP as a video player more than ever and are thirsting for more content, particularly short-form videos," said Phil Rosenberg, senior vp of sales and business development for SCEA.

Paramount Home Entertainment, which distributes MTV programming on DVD, was one of several studios supporting the PSP with UMD movie and TV show software, but sluggish sales ultimately saw Paramount and most of the other studios pull out.