Porn Goes Both Ways in HD Format War
Cheaper HD DVD production counters Blu-Ray's victories
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 6:01 PM CST
Competing formats HD DVD and Blu-Ray are held up for display by a laboratory technician.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The adult film industry cast a deciding vote in the VHS/Betamax tape format wars of the ‘80s, and porn may yet influence the hi-def contest between Blu-Ray and HD DVD, Daily Tech writes. But currently the industry is split between the popular view that the U.S. film industry is shifting toward a Blu-Ray, and the economic advantages they still find in HD DVD.

Adult film firms like that, unlike Blu-Ray, HD DVD production requires only small modifications to their standard DVD facilities. Sony compounds this Blu-Ray production problem by refusing to help with porn replication. HD porn leader Digital Playground is backing both formats: “HD DVD…may be perceived as ‘dead’ in the long term, but on an immediate basis it’s still a viable market,” said a company statement.