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Moriarty’s DVD Blog! Is The Format War Over?!

There’s one big story developing out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week, and it’s the word many of us have been waiting for in the brewing format war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Porn appears to have chosen sides. And as far as I can tell, that means the war is over. There are two stories I’ve had sent to me today. One is here. The other is here. And both stories seem to indicate that HD-DVD is the format that the porn industry is going to embrace. Even the creation of the hybrid players isn’t as significant as this development, because any time there’s been a format war before now, it was the format used by the porn industry that emerged as the victor. It’s particularly bizarre if the second story is true and Blu-Ray actively chose not to be involved with the porn industry. That’s commercial suicide, and it’s going to come back to haunt whoever made that decision. Of course, all of this avoids the elephant in the room, which is that HD porn is a scary prospect on many levels. I’m not sure I’d want to see someone like Ron Jeremy in high definition. There are, after all, things you can’t unsee.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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