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CES 2007 - The porn industry says HD DVD

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by wallew » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:21 pm

CES 2007: HD DVD versus Blu-ray - The porn industry says HD DVD
Aaron McKenna
January 11, 2007 12:39

Las Vegas (NV) - Knowing their audience quite well, the adult entertainment industry holds their annual get together in Las Vegas to coincide with the CES. There is also a very pertinent crossover between the adult and tech industries - porn has a tendency to drive, and be driven, by technology. Which means HD DVD when it comes to high-def.

Quite famously in the war between Betamax and VHS the latter won especially because the adult industry preferred it. If you've been around long enough, you probably remember that the very early home video rental stores were primarily responsible for driving Betamax out of the market. And those stores carried almost exclusively pornographic content.

Although the market environments from then do not really compare to today's home video market, parallels are drawn between the Betamax-VHS battle to the ongoing and escalating fight between Blu-ray and HD DVD. One of the key questions at this year's CES actually is "Which high-def format will win the current format war - Blu-ray or HD DVD?" Surprisingly, it seems that there is no such question in the minds of the adult industry luminaries.

Putting myself through the arduous trek through the floor of the adult expo I did a quick straw poll on, the virtues of HD DVD versus Blu-ray, and the answer from a dozen companies, big and small, including Pink Visual and Bangbros editor-in-chief, is going into a single direction: HD DVD is the preferred format. Period.

One of the big problems they have with Blu-ray is its expense, followed by its market share. "Blu-ray has superior quality, yes," said a spokesperson for porn studio Bangbros, "but HD DVD is easier to produce, cheaper to produce and there are more HD DVD players in homes than there are Blu-ray players, for example in the Xbox 360."

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While I disagree to his overall dissertation that porn drives the aftermarket video stuff, a lot of his general information is correct.


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by mykyll2727 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:08 am

Jim_I found this interesting because of my living in Las Vegas. The pervailing feeling here among people I know is that the reason the porn show decided to coincide (overlap actually) with CES was not so much because of the effect consumer technology has on their industry but because of the number of attendees and their interests. CES attendees are notorious non-gamblers but huge fans of "gentleman's clubs". All of the "clubs" here are SRO when CES is here. Given the number of attendees the casinos don't fare all that well with regard to gaming. ( M.A.G.I.C., a huge clothing show here, is just the opposite). But rooms, and the things that go with that, are at a premium and that's where the hotels make their money. Hookers also do a bang up business during CES.

 On the flip side, some years ago I was stunned when I learned of the amount of money generated by adult VHS. The largest percentage of VHS tapes bought and rented were adult by far. (In fact I know of a pizza parlor that decided to rent videos with pizza and would deliver both. The vast majority of their rentals were adult. I don't know how the business fared in the long run). I don't know if it has held true for DVD. I don't see why it wouldn't though. If it has then adult discs could and probably would have a major impact on HD format choices._Mykl
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