The Perils of Being an Early Adopter

The move to HD by an industry that has always been a technology leader, and an interesting strategic choice by Sony: In Raw World of Sex Movies, High Definition Could Be a View Too Real

Pornography has long helped drive the adoption of new technology, from the printing press to the videocassette. Now pornographic movie studios are staying ahead of the curve by releasing high-definition DVDs.

They have discovered that the technology is sometimes not so sexy. The high-definition format is accentuating imperfections in the actors — from a little extra cellulite on a leg to wrinkles around the eyes.

[…] The pornographers’ progress with HD may also be somewhat slowed by Sony, one of the main backers of the Blu-ray high-definition disc format. Sony said last week that, in keeping with a longstanding policy, it would not mass-produce pornographic videos on behalf of the movie makers.

The decision has forced pornographers to use the competing HD-DVD format or, in some cases, to find companies other than Sony that can manufacture copies of Blu-ray movies.

Later: EETimes says that’s not Sony’s position at all; anyone who’s a Blu-Ray licensee can produce porn DVDs, but Sony won’t touch the business itself – Sony denies preventing porn on Blu-Ray; pdf