In what appears to be a repeat of the VHS vs. Betamax story, Sony may have lost the format wars once again. Adult studio Digital Playground has switched allegiances, confirming that from now on, they'll be publishing their movies in HD-DVD format.
According to There Joone, Digital Playground's founder, and adult movie director, last year he had an agreement with Sony to start publishing his movies on Blu-Ray. However, the tech giant seemed to have a change of heart. The U.S. Blu-Ray Disc copying facilities refused to work with him. In fact, according to Joone, the companies explained that Sony had threatened to revoke their Blu-Ray licenses should they publish adult content in Blu-Ray format.
Playstation 3 and other Blu-ray player owners will now suffer at not being able to watch women suckling each other's exposed, artificial mammaries in vivid 1080p resolution on a 50-inch screen. Meanwhile, lucky HD-DVD player owners (including those with the add-on for XBOX 360) rejoice as Digital Playground announces the release of a slew of movies for February. Yep, next month they'll be able to get their hands on Island Fever 3, Pirates, Teen America and Island Fever 4. And that's not all. The company plans to release at least 4 HD-DVD titles per month. Mark your calendars, boys. Fill out those online pre-order forms. You have a fun year ahead of you!
I expected that the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray format war will be won with what's in people's pants, but I was thinking wallets, not their loins. To be honest though, I don't know if the porn industry will have as big an impact in the format wars this time around. Sure, it may have been one of the deciding factors that helped push the video industry away from Betamax and towards VHS in the early 80s, but that was then and this is now. After all, we now have this little thing called "The Internet" that allows guys to get any type of pornographic material any time, anywhere- sometimes even for free! Go figure. If he has a big enough, clear computer monitor and some good speakers, I don't see why a guy would even need a DVD player, let alone anything next-gen.