As you can imagine, sales of HDTVs peaked last Christmas, and will probably beat those numbers this year. But when I purchased my HDTV (we call her “Billie” and I would eagerly invite her into my marriage for her voluminous slots and jacks) last December I had little idea that the HD-DVD/Blu-ray format war was about a month away from being decided in Blu-ray’s favor.
That was until I got my HD-DVD player for free with my television.
I’ll admit that I have never watched the two movies I received with my new HD-DVD player (“The Bourne Identity” and “300″). I use my player only for standard DVD discs. And I can’t imagine watching porn in high-def on a big screen because I have never done that, either.
But that is because I am of a generation that began watching porn on a computer, and older than the generation that began watching porn on iPods. I am compartmentalized, too: I think that porn shouldn’t have a big screen treatment, probably because I am of a generation that still has thin walled apartments where neighbors would judge me by Roxy Jezel’s screams.
Now that the larger studios are releasing movies in Blu-Ray in earnest as well as re-releasing old movies in that format (Digital Playground, Vivid, and JM Productions are the biggest), porn consumers are in a position where they have to buy new equipment for the first time since the mass adoption of the DVD ten years ago, rather than simply to upgrade equipment or to wait for porn to be more computer-friendly; Blu-ray represents the first time in a decade that porn has played hard to get.
Despite widespread acknowledgment that the standard-def DVD is dying (and you are so lucky Gamelink offers thousands of titles in its VOD theatre), Blu-ray porn, especially that material already shot in high definition, might give the disc format a few more years of rope.