Blu-ray Format Gains Adult Acceptance in Japan
Producers of adult films in Japan have begun to embrace the Blu-ray Disc format, despite the prevalence of HD DVD in the U.S. porn industry, PC World reported Tuesday.
The change, according to the piece, came when Sony began ramping up the amount of tech support to the Japanese industry. Since the format war began last year, HD DVD, will still retaining a very small sliver of the market compared with standard DVD, has nonetheless maintained a huge lead over Blu-ray in the U.S. porn market. This is mostly because two of the key studios which back the format, Disney and Sony, have traditionally avoided doing business with pornographers. However, in March, Vivid Video’s “Debbie Does Dallas... Again” became the first adult film to be released in both formats in the U.S.
In addition, Sony has contracted with a Taiwan-based company to handle the physical production of the discs. As a result, 10 adult films have been released on Blu-ray in Japan so far, while only one has come out on HD DVD.