Porn could be XXX factor in Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD format war

Apple Store“In the battle over next generation DVDs, pornography could prove to be the XXX factor that helps determine a winner,” Reuters reports.

“Thirty years ago, VHS toppled Betamax in part because of the adult film industry, and now some see blue movies playing a key role again as backers of HD-DVD and Blu-ray maneuver to make their formats the standard,” Reuters reports.

Reuters reports, “‘If the porn industry wanted to break the logjam of HD-DVD and Blu-ray, it could,’ McQuivey said. ‘If they said ‘We are going to go with HD-DVD’ you would see a few million homes immediately go out and buy HD-DVD players. They have that power,’ said James McQuivey, a principal analyst at technology research firm Forrester.”

“It is a potential weapon that one side, at least, has ignored. Instead, Blu-ray backer Sony Corp.blocked manufacturers from producing porn DVDs in that format—a move that some say has pushed adult film studios into the camp of HD-DVD camp led by Toshiba Corp.,” Reuters reports.

“Steven Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment Group, said Walt Disney Co. also refuses to use DVD makers—known as replicators—that press porn titles,” Reuters reports. “This makes finding a Blu-ray replicator willing to alienate Sony and Disney almost impossible for porn studios because the format requires costly new equipment and there are only a handful of replicators able to make such DVDs.”

Reuters reports, “That isn’t a problem for HD-DVD because that technology is based on previous-generation standards, which makes it far simpler and cheaper for companies to hire replicators to press their DVDs.”

“HD-DVD machines are cheaper but Blu-ray has backing of a majority of the mainstream studios and an advantage in that the format is compatible with the PlayStation 3, the latest version of Sony’s popular series of video game consoles,” Reuters reports.

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57 Comments

  1. Come on, Disney and Sony! Do you want to win the Format Battle Round 2, or not? Drop the prudish attitude and push Blu-Ray over the top!!!

    Won’t use replicators that happen to deal with the porn industry??? Like anyone is going to know that their Disney DVD was made on the same machine that pressed “Slammin’ Granny in the Fanny”.

  2. Why should it matter to Disney if a company also presses porn titles. It’s not like people actually know who these duplicators are. As for Sony, I think it’s stupid to reduce your potential market when you have an emerging standard. It would be pretty sad and ironic to see two Sony standards lose out to their contemporary inferior standards. To Sony I say: Let in the porn!!

    They know they watch it anyway.

  3. Hate them both.

    Both suck, and try to vomit even more gross DRM crap in our face and attack our fair use rights.

    I hope they both fail. Miserably.

    Down with DRM. Even DVD sux for this reason.. serious… wtf bs is “region coding”?

    And I can’t take a screen shot of my Mac if I have a DVD running?

    I’d like to see all physical media formats die, and be replaced if at all by DRM free open source, non proprietary formats.

  4. > Thirty years ago, VHS toppled Betamax in part because of the adult film industry…

    Come on now. Thiry years, there was no Internet with a trillion porn web sites. I have no doubt that the porn industry has some power, but not in deciding which HD DVD format will win.

  5. Most people get their po’nographies on teh interweb these days, methinks. And not that I know from personal experience, but a lot of sites are offering HD quality in these days of glorious bandwidth. Once the kinks (no pun) are hammered out of boxes like apple TV, the disc format is pretty much irrelevant.

  6. I’ve already decided to just skip the whole HD-DVD vs Blu-ray thing. I’m not going to buy another DVD in any format. I’m moving to digital downloads playable on an AppleTV.

    Since I don’t see Apple selling porn for the AppleTV, porn might be the only thing that sells at all (and I’m sure someone will be selling it in a format for the AppleTV).

    I’m hoping that content providers soon realize that the current confusion over the HD-DVD and Blu-ray formats may lead more people to the same conclusion that I’ve come to (DVD content is dead to me).

    Note to Content Providers: If you want my money, sell me content in a format playable on the AppleTV.

    I’ve had my AppleTV for a few weeks now and it’s not perfect (lack of content, lack of rental capability – video is different from music, heat issues with unit, hard disk too small and lack of photo streaming), but it’s heading in the right direction.

    The AppleTV interface is mostly very good (I’d still like it to treat AppleTV and Main iTunes library as one source), it’s easy to use and setup, recently downloaded video from the iTunes store looks decent (I use an HDMI connection) and is an acceptable compromise between download time and picture quality (at least for now).

  7. Sony does not seem to learn from their mistakes of the past. They blew it with Betamax which was a better quality than VHS, and now they are going to do it again with Blue-ray which again is the superior format.

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