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Blu-ray: Betamaxxx 2?

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Digital Playground, an adult movie producer (for those of you pretending not to know), claims that they can only release their features on HD DVD discs since Sony will not allow XXX content on Blu-ray.


I've tried my best to avoid making cheap Betamax/Blue-ray comparisons, because I thought it pigeonholed a new technology that had promise but little real world exposure.

This comparison, however, is an unavoidable direct parallel. At this point the story is still rumor...and I really can't imagine Sony making the same mistake twice.


No Porn on Sony [via digg]

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Minidisc was huge in Japan and Europe, it was far from a flop.

SDDS is still used in theaters today, which is what it was designed for. It has been a big success.

Digital-8 was a success also, it was conceived as a low cost alternative to DV and it succeeded. The development cost was low, as it used Sony's existing 8mm transport mechanism. The jump-in cost for customers was low because it used existing Hi-8 tapes. It was never meant to be a front-line format.

Memory Stick is not a flop, although I can't imagine it would be possible to consider it a runaway success either. Only two formats outperformed it, SD and CF. It outperformed the next 5 or 6 competitors handily.

The rest are really failures it would seem. UMD might be a special case though because Sony never intended for UMD to succeed outside of Sony. It was a truly proprietary format. And then Sony never made UMD players for home systems. This is the dumbest thing I can possibly imagine, it doomed the format from the start.