What Will HD-DVD Do? Bigger? Cheaper? Porn?

blu-rayThe Blu-ray camp reiterated the overwhelming support of electronics companies and Hollywood studios for the format, with seven out of the eight movie “majors” planning to release about 300 new titles in Blu-ray this year. Although the format was late to market, disc sales surpassed that of its rival in the second week of December — doubtless bolstered by the arrival of the high-def, Blu-ray game and movie disc playing PlayStation 3.

hd dvdAdding fire to the fueling competition between the two newest HD rival disc formats, HD-DVD announced that it will introduce a higher-capacity, three-layer, 51 GB disc to compete with Blu-ray’s 50 GB two-layer disc. Also, newly announced Chinese and Taiwanese hardware makers could push down the cost of a standalone HD-DVD disc spinner to as little as US$299 by year’s end.

The biggest boost for HD DVD may have been at the Adult Entertainment Expo, the trade show for the $3.6 billion video pornography industry that opened in Las Vegas the day after CES closed.

There, three producers (Wicked Pictures, Digital Playground and High Def Home Entertainment) announced their first slate of high-def porn titles — all in HD DVD only. A fourth studio, Vivid Entertainment, announced just one title that would be available in both high-def formats.

Only time will tell whether all this initiatives will help HD-DVD to gain back some market share.

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  1. Increased Sales + Japan Adult Film Industry Turns To Blu Ray » Console Watcher - Video Games Console News and Discussions - August 3, 2007

    [...] Meanwhile, the Japanese adult film makers have turned decisively to Blu-ray Disc, breathing new life into its bid to replace DVDs as the disc of choice for home movies. HD-DVD has been gaining the spotlight for releasing adult related titles in US, while Sony and one of the biggest movie makers in the world, the Walt Disney Co., object to pornography, and Disney maintains a policy against having its own movies replicated by any company working with adult movie titles. [...]

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