Porn on Blu-Ray: Did Sony Sell Out?

Published by • January 15th, 2008 RSS News Feed

Recently, there have been reports that Sony relaxed its position regarding its opposition to having porn on Blu-ray discs. These reports, however, are misguided as Sony has never banned adult content on Blu-ray, they simply weren’t going to go out of their way to facilitate it.

Nevertheless, many media journalists believed adult content was going to help determine the winner of the now defunct battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD. As will be explained below, porn on Blu-ray is not the real issue, but if anything, these stories conjure up memories of the Sony Betamax and JVC VHS wars of the late 70′s and early 80′s. Let’s take a look back.

Betamax vs. VHS and Porn: A trip down memory lane

Sony’s Betamax was released in 1975, one year before JVC introduced its well-known VHS player.

After a battle that lasted for almost 10 years, VHS emerged victorious despite the fact that Sony’s Betamax was largely recognized as the technologically superior player. The reasons behind VHS’s victory cannot be traced back to one deciding factor, but one egregious difference between the two formats was that Betamax players could, at first, only play tapes that lasted up to an hour in length, clearly not long enough for a standard Hollywood movie.

Another popular theory, though impossible to substantiate, is that Sony’s refusal to allow adult content on its Betamax player allowed VHS to pull away and become the de-facto home video standard for nearly two decades.

Does porn on blu-ray even mean anything?

Sony’s stance regarding porn on Blu-ray is completely irrelevant for a few reasons. For one, Blu-Ray already seems well positioned to overtake HD-DVD as the next HD standard, porn or not. But more importantly, sales of adult-oriented DVD’s are slowing down significantly as consumers are flocking to the Internet to get their adult content for free.

As a funny aside and perhaps a testament to the glorious nature of 1080p!, many porn stars are opposed to Blu-Ray, and HD in general, because it reveals blemishes on their bodies that would otherwise not be noticeable. But I suppose that porn in HD would allow for some interesting titles. Move over “Debbie does Dallas” and say hello to “Patti does Pittsburgh as she goes to a Pharmacy to get Pro-active for her Pimples” and “Vainy Vixens 4″.

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10 Comments »

Comment by Jordan Anderson
2008-01-16 12:58:09

Sony can’t sell out, you turd. They’re a multi-million dollar, worldwide company, I’d say that the selling out happened long ago. When a company that big makes a move like that it isn’t selling out, it’s just making more money.

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Comment by Blue
2008-01-16 13:47:28

ugh, another new blog trying to get hits

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Comment by management
2008-01-16 13:59:06

Do people still really buy porn these days with the internet? Interesting.

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Comment by James
2008-01-16 14:07:32

Porn should be like internet access, free for everyone. Sony sold out long ago … but hey, if disney can produce porn under an alias why not all the other big names?

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Comment by Gab
2008-01-16 14:14:38

The porn industry is a multi-million dollar industry, and was essentially the deciding factor between beta and VHS, I think people are forgetting just how much porn is out there and how enourmous of a market they have. If anything this just goes to prove that blue ray will eventually be the next platform not HD DVD.

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Comment by Nevel
2008-01-16 15:29:34

Porn on DVD is great when your having parties.
Its a big difference seeing porn on a monitor vs. a big high end flat screen tv.
Obviously it doesnt make sense to have your entire porn coming from DVD but DVD does have its place.

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Comment by johnny poon
2008-01-16 15:56:54

Yoni is a business / tax attorney from the windy city. Yoni is also a gadget enthusiast who enjoys writing in the third person.

Yoni is also the sanskrit word for a woman’s vagina.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoni

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2008-01-17 00:40:00

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Comment by Halfdeck
2008-01-18 03:17:45

Internet porn sucks compared to porn on DVD unless you’re talking about DVD rips, and even there the quality can be all over the map. Most paysites are still making money off 800×600, blurry, stuttering videos and others touting Hi Def content mostly don’t deliver what they promise. There are a handful of exceptions, but in general, if you want real porn, rent a DVD and rip it.

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2008-01-28 09:00:34

[...] addition to the major movie studio support, the other deciding factor is porn. Yep, the porn industry, like it or not, has a major role in selecting consumer AV formats. I [...]

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