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Archive for January 16th, 2007

Sex goes high-tech, as usual

Posted by metaphorical on 16 January 2007

The porn industry, or to use the accepted euphemism, the adult industry, has long led the way into mainsteam adoption of technologies, from commercial photography to the VCR and the Web. So it’s interesting to look at a few recent trends. Indeed, the porn industry has been given some of the credit for the success of VHS over Betamax, back in the 1980s.

Unsurprisingly, then, there are those looking to the adult industry in the question of HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray.

MacWorld has a story saying the industry is opting for HD-DVD, based largely on the fact that Digital Playground is releasing four HD-DVD films.

MacWorld reports that industry leader Vivid Entertainment is “currently using the HD-DVD format because it was the first to come out, but his studio will begin burning to the Blu-ray format as soon as it’s available.”

Back in November, though, TVPredictions.com reported that, “the studio’s first high-def DVD will be on Blu-ray and not HD-DVD.” It quotes Vivid’s CEO, Steve Hirsch as saying, “As of now, it will just be Blu-ray. But that’s not to say we won’t release it in HD-DVD later.”

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