This should be interesting. Pocket PC Films has been around for a while, but most people have never heard of them until now, myself included. Apparently they distribute movies on removable media, primarily geared to the Pocket PC market. I suppose the main reason not many people are familiar with their product is that the movies they are currently distributing are fairly isolated. The biggest name on their current list is “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Well, with their announcement yesterday, Pocket PC Films is hoping to emerge from their cave. While Lions Gate doesn’t really boast many blockbusters, there are a tons of kinds/family fills in their vault. A number of PDA owners are finding themselves buying the movies, getting them started and handing them back to the kids in the car. One other point, while their name is Pocket PC Films, they will be producing movies on SD memory for Palm OS based devices.
This news really brings up a fundamental point. Do PDA owners really want to watch movies on their devices? Forget about battery concerns for a minute. Do I want to watch a full-length film on my PDA? I answer that question with another. How much? It’s becoming more common for business travelers to toss a DVD in their laptops to make air travel more bearable. So requiring people to buy yet another version of a movie that doesn’t work on their TV at home might prove to be difficult, unless the quality and price are right. I might try it on my Clie NR70, but I’m not sure it makes sense on the Palm m130. The Jury’s still out on this issue, but hopefully we’ll get some production samples and let you know!