Robert Scoble at the Scobleizer blog writes about Sony repeating its catastrophic blunder with Betamax. Now in the battle for the next generation of high definition DVD standards, incredibly, Sony is again insisting that the pornography industry is excluded from its Blue Ray platform.
The lack of content was the biggest reason why VHS won over Betamax in the VCR wars of the 1980s. The Betamax was better technically, in every generation. But Sony was optimizing its device for transferring video camera (user-generated) content - back then with massively expensive video cams - these were separate shoulder-mounted portable videocams, which were connected via cable to the massive and heavy video recorder units. Meanwhile the VHS camp was busy getting every Hollywood content owner - including OF COURSE the adult industry - to its format. That spawned a whole new industry - the video rental store which today of course has migrated to the DVD rental store - but back then, almost all titles were on VHS. And the adult section for many years was almost exclusively on the VHS standard.
Content was why Beta lost the video recorder wars, inspite of a better technology. Now, Scoble reports in "Sony Didn't Learn from Beta Mistakes" - that Sony "isn’t letting the porn industry play on BlueRay, a new HD video disk format. According to reports porn industry distributors are being forced into HD-DVD."
Crazy? In EVERY new media, from print: pamphlets to pictures to playing cards; onto filmd ie peep show movies, onto the latest including videotapes, DVDs, the internet and mobile - the FIRST sector of any media to make money is the adult entertainment portion. Now Sony is about to repeat its blunder of the past. Unbelievable!