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The butterfly effect: another porn studio defects to HD DVD


Source: AV Science Forum

Sony would do well to remember the VHS vs. Betamax war, in which the system on which porn was available was the winner. Of course, things are different now, with all manner of filthy images a mere mouse click away, but I still think they’re underestimating just what an impact smut can have on sales. With any luck, this is just the beginning, and the boys in Blu will be leaking partners like a sieve by the end of the year.

Update, January 12, 2007 01:54 PM: And another. To paraphrase on poster, the ripple has just become a tidal wave.

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 1:35 PM | Comments: 6
Categories: Blu-ray | HD DVD | Technology



In porn we trust.

Posted by: Phantom, January 12, 2007 1:55 PM


>>Richter says the HD DVD name will ultimately help it win the format war because it's an easier connection for consumers. "If you buy an 'HD TV,' the natural choice is to buy an 'HD DVD' player to go with it," he said. "Are there any 'Blu-ray TVs'? No."<<

that's too funny

Posted by: aw, January 12, 2007 11:14 PM


It’s funny, but it’s also true. Lyris told me about some survey where a bunch of people were asked if they knew what Blu-ray was, and the most popular answer was a porn star.

Posted by: Whiggles, January 12, 2007 11:29 PM


This whole 'war' isn't good for either camp. It's an unsettling idea but I think the main reason consumers chose DVD was b/c of the convenience of use, not any increase in AQ/PQ. Same thing happened w/ SACD and DVD-A, consumers chose itunes and downloads which are even more compressed than CDs but alas, it was highly convenient. They also chose VHS, which was inferior to Betamax. I hope this isn't the way things turn out

Posted by: , January 13, 2007 1:18 AM


What about the porn that's supposedly already avalible on BD? And the fact that VHS was the first way to get porn into your own house back then, but that porn is easily accessible via the Internet nowadays?

Posted by: , January 14, 2007 5:45 PM


I believe porn is available on BD in Japan, suggesting double standards at Sony’s end. That doesn’t change the fact that the US porn distributors don’t seem to be able to get their product out there on Blu-ray thanks to none of Sony’s replication plants agreeing to press the discs.

And yes, it’s true that, with the explosion of the Internet, the porn home video industry is not as big as it once was. It would be incredibly foolish to discount an industry that made over $4 billion in DVD sales in 2006, though.

Posted by: Whiggles, January 14, 2007 5:55 PM

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