NEVER Bet On A Sony Format.

5 comments April 15th, 2007at 04:52pm Posted by Eli

Sounds like Blu-Ray will go the way of Betamax and Minidiscs:

In the battle over next generation DVDs, pornography could prove to be the XXX factor that helps determine a winner.

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.

(…)

“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.”

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.

Steven Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment Group, said Walt Disney Co. also refuses to use DVD makers — known as replicators — that press porn titles.

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.

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.

So no Blu-Ray for blue movies.

Not that the porn industry is necessarily thrilled about high-definition video…

The XXX industry has gotten too graphic, even for its own tastes.

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They have discovered that the technology is sometimes not so sexy. The high-definition format is accentuating imperfections in the actors — from a little extra cellulite on a leg to wrinkles around the eyes.

Hollywood is dealing with similar problems, but they are more pronounced for pornographers, who rely on close-ups and who, because of their quick adoption of the new format, are facing the issue more immediately than mainstream entertainment companies.

Producers are taking steps to hide the imperfections. Some shots are lit differently, while some actors simply are not shot at certain angles, or are getting cosmetic surgery, or seeking expert grooming.

”The biggest problem is razor burn,” said Stormy Daniels, an actress, writer and director.

Okay, that’s probably enough of that. The NYT story addresses the HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray angle as well.

(HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray story courtesy of DrBopperTHP at The News Blog; HD vs. Porn story is mine, all mine!)

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5 Comments

  • 1. PoliShifter  |  April 15th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Ok, I’m left speechless…razor burn the biggest problem…who knew?

  • 2. Eli  |  April 15th, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    It’s a SCOURGE, I say! God is punishing them for their wickedness!

  • 3. Interrobang  |  April 15th, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    They should just stick to waxing or laser depiliation. That would solve the problem.

    Thanks, Eli, I needed a good raunchy pr0n story after spending all day reading and writing about abstinence-only education. I feel like I need to purvey some sex-only anti-education, now. (Man, some of these people are evil!)

  • 4. Eli  |  April 16th, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Abstinence-only education, gah. I didn’t really need it anyway – the girls at my high school took care of it for me…

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