Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Coming DVD War

I love it when people start to make predictions based upon past events. Far too many don't realise that history does not repeat itself, neither as tragedy nor farce.

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.

The stakes are high. As prices of high-definition televisions and DVD players fall, backers of the rival -- and incompatible -- formats are looking to tap a home and rental DVD market approaching $25 billion.

OK, so there's the history. But, will porn also be the determinant of the winner of the two current contenders?

The problem is though, who really wants to see Ron Jeremy in HDTV detail?  

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