Sex pixels: what 4K means for porn
"Porn killed Betamax." Among the tech cognoscenti, this is often an article of faith, suggesting that A/V format wars are won and lost not on dull technical details such as price (VHS machines had a cheaper retail) and recording time (VHS tapes were longer), but in the sticky back rooms and cash registers of America’s adults-only mom and pop shops. Despite its dubious veracity, it’s an easy way to inject some salacious frisson into an otherwise dry business story. And so it’s been repeated: HD-DVD versus Blu-Ray? Depends where the porn goes. (More likely: shifting alliances among giant content providers.) Will people buy 3D TVs? They will if there’s porn. Tech is secretly id-driven, this argument whispers, and so whenever the new, new thing arrives, pundits look to the pornography industry as a barometer of potential success.
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