Japanese Porn Industry to Sony: Is That a Tentacle in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Published on July 31, 2007
by John Paczkowski


Sony wants me to publish my films on HD DVD.”

Joone, founder of adult-entertainment company Digital Playground

If history is any guide, the victor in the battle over the next-generation DVD optical-media standard won’t be determined by the Hollywood studios, but by performers with names like Flick Shagwell and Wendy Whoppers. The adult-entertainment industry, after all, is widely credited with tipping the balance of the videotape format war in favor of VHS, giving it the critical mass of support it needed to check the advance of Sony’s competing Betamax format and turn the battle into a rout.

It should come as little surprise, then, that Sony has reportedly begun offering a bit of technical support to the Japanese porn industry, which has apparently been having a bit of trouble mass-producing its products for Blu-ray Disc. “In Japan, there are some problems. Companies cannot press Blu-ray Discs because they cannot touch adult-related contracts,” Kiyotaka Konno, director of administration for Japanese DVD replication outfit Assist Corp., told Network World. “So we asked some makers in Taiwan to do the work, and then we import the discs back to Japan. The Taiwanese company was able to obtain a pressing machine from Sony and will start mass production in August.”

So it looks like we’ll see Blu-ray tentacle porn after all.

An interesting turnabout for Sony, though the company claims its longstanding policy against manufacturing DVDs or videocassettes with adult content remains unchanged. Lucky for Sony that policy doesn’t extend to other countries–especially when HD DVD has taken an early lead over Blu-ray Disc in the battle to become the next-generation DVD format.

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