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Kingston bringing films to a flash drive near you


By Stewart Mitchell

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 at 12:43

Flash memory maker Kingston Digital has announced a deal with Paramount to sell full-length films on its USB memory sticks and SD cards.

According to the companies, the movies on Kingston memory will be available to consumers both as part of a value-added bundled package and for sale independently as an alternative to DVD or Blu-ray.

"This unique agreement enables us to make available our entertainment offerings on USB and SD cards," says Alex Carloss, general manager of Paramount Digital Entertainment. "As more and more movies are viewed on computers and other portable devices, having a relationship like this will become increasingly important."

The companies declined to give any indication of where, when or how the films would be on sale, or how digital rights management would impact playback.

Digital media cards are seen as an excellent format for putting content on to devices with no optical drives, such as netbooks, especially as capacity increases and price per GB drops.

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User comments

Do you think Blu-Ray will be the shortest format that ever lived?

Surely these will replace Blu-Ray in no time. Afterall, who wants a disk that has to spin up and down when you can have the HD movie on an instant access flash drive type thing.

By Grunthos on 6 Nov 2009

Corporate twaddle part of a value-added bundled package...

Can anyone actually define what this nonsense means?

By davidbryant4 on 6 Nov 2009

Please dont screw it up!

This is an excellent idea on the surface, HD films to transfer straight to my mdia center PC however I just know that it will include some hideous DRM measure that will cripple the whole idea.

By JStairmand on 6 Nov 2009

Corporate twaddle part of a value-added bundled package...

Can anyone actually define what this nonsense means?

By davidbryant4 on 6 Nov 2009


I'm not so convinced that Blu-Ray will be short lived. While us geeks may be happy to download films or buy them on a memory sticks, I think the average Jo Public is much happier with a silver disk. Actually, come to that, I am too. I tend to keep my computer and my entertainment system separate, and I prefer not to spend my hard-earned copper on mere electrons.

By jgwilliams on 6 Nov 2009

@Grunthos - I agree with you 100% - Memory cards are shrinking in size and increasing in capacity and will no doubt be around a lot longer than and type of spin-up media - especially in smaller devices - Panasonic sell TV's with SD Card slots built in (They have been on sale for over a year) - you can already pretty much watch whatever HQ film you have straight from the card slot.
The future is here for Memory Cards - I think the USB sticks are worth it too, but overall I would rather use a memory card - there are also a number of devices sold by sandisk which allow you to record any tv onto SD cards.

But at the moment Blu_ray Devices will mostly be used for backing up larger data amounts for companies - we should never really stop using a technology - we might learn new things from them.

By nicomo on 6 Nov 2009

HD is about quality and that means large files, you could just about squeeze a short blu ray film onto a 32gb flash drive, a 7:1 lossless audio track would struggle to fit on an avg flash drive.

If you have invested alot of money in a HD setup you want the best quality you can get and thats Blu Ray currently

By EricP on 7 Nov 2009

portable devices that usually only have small screens do not warant bd quality. divx on a flash drive, with 1gb is fine.

By invalidscreenname on 9 Nov 2009

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