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Porn is the key to 3D HDTV expansion

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Yumi Asami Porn. Now that I have your attention, let me explain why porn is an essential component to getting 3D HDTV’s into the homes of Japan’s consumers.

Porn stars Mika Kayama and Yuma Asami (pictured above), two of Japan’s most popular porn stars, will star in the country’s very first DVDs made specifically for 3D televisions. Takashi Kadokura, an economist from BRICs Research Institute, says Japan made $1.2 billion in adult film sales in 2009. Porn sales account for more than a fourth of total video sales in Japan. There’s no question that 3D-specific porn would go a long way in supporting the transition to 3D television.

The two adult films will be released on June 7 and 19, 2010 respectively. They be available around the same time Sony starts selling its first 3D enabled Bravia televisions in Japan on June 10, 2010. Sony representatives would not comment on whether the company feels adult movies will help sell its televisions. I can’t say I blame Sony. The last thing the company wants is to be associated with the seediness of the adult film industry.

Sony initially said in 2007 it would not allow porn to be mass distributed on Blu-ray. Today there are adult films available in the Blu-ray format. The bottom line here is sex sells, get used to it.

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  • PJ Hruschak

    This photo is creepy.

    • John Warren

      It’s been Photoshopped to make it G rated. Notice the little pink squares where the nipples should be

    • Jason

      I don’t think I agree with your definition of “creepy” at all. If this is considered creepy, you better not go see any scary movies.

  • GREGG SMITH

    I DON’T THINK IT’S BEEN PHOTOSHOPED. IF YOU LOOK VERY CLOSE. SHE HAS A TINY PINK BIKINI ON UNDERNEATH THE BLACK PART. HA HA .

  • GM

    Last time I checked a three sided flat shape was called a triangle not a square.

  • http://tinyurl.com/howardbaileyhomepage Howard

    I really don’t think there’s anything creepy about this shot. Definitely not Photoshopped. It’s a teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikini …er pink I mean : )

  • brad

    porn is the key to any new entertainment advance. just look at the past, porn went vhs, not beta, porn went dvd not laser disc, and now bluray, not hd disc. so if porn goes 3d then 3d tv’s will survive otherwise they will pass into oblivion like the other advances that failed.

  • Yoshi

    Sony had lost a video format war with Beta in 1980s because the porn industry took up the other format. I guess they haven’t learned a lesson.
    No wonder the company keeps losing its market share to the Koran companies.

  • Jessica M

    Actually this isn’t all that surprising. The porn industry like it or not has helped push technologies which otherwise may have not gotten off the ground floor. They are usually the first to adopt them well before they become common household names elsewhere. US pornographers’ decision to adopt the cheap convenient VHS rather than rival Betamax when the two systems were introduced in the 1970s. Thus killing off Betamax while sales of pornographic films drove take-up of video recorders. DVD sales later because, unlike videotape, users can skip quickly to and from their favorites scenes.

    The pay-per-view cable or satellite TV movie channel is only available on your TV because pornographers pioneered subscription ‘premium’ services first in hotels and then on digital networks. If anyone ever doubted the power of sex to drive technological innovation, the internet proves it, several billion times each and every. When the web was launched, the most popular word searches were ‘sex’ and ‘porn’ and it’s still true. Service providers, including Yahoo! and Altavista, have begun excluding sex searches from their net use surveys because they skew the results and make them worthless. Pornographic sites are also one of the few web services that make money.

    The Online Computer Library Centre’s annual review of net use last year found 80,000 major adult websites generated profits in the millions of dollars for even small companies. Much of that money has been reinvested in developing leading-edge interactive services. Which now are starting to make their way into the newest 3D interactive TV sets. Porn and technology work together so well because each meets the needs of the other. Technology is demand-driven. Cutting-edge firms develop products they think will sell fast. Even VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology was first widely used in the porn industry. You may disapprove of pornography but the spin-offs of the industry are all around.

  • norm

    Save your money and hold off on 3-D TV. We’re better off waiting for either full-body sex suits or wifi controlled sex dolls. ;-)

    Blu-ray discs and 3-D TV’s can’t be selling very well… I don’t know anyone who owns either. I’m the only Blu-ray owner I know of and I didn’t buy it to play Blu-ray discs anyway (only needed it for the HDMI connection and high-resolution audio playback).

  • grammaton632

    There is no photoshopping… as someone else pointed out… she has a tiny Bikini underneath. That is clearly visible on my monitor.

  • Hoof Hearted

    Oh right. I thought they were sticking plasters.

    3D Porn? Yay! Bring it on!

  • Hoof Hearted

    I bought an LG Blue Ray Rewriter a year ago. With the right software I was immediately able to watch my Blu-Ray collection on my iMac as an alternative to my Pioneer 43″ Plasma TV.

    Yes, Macs do support Blue-Ray despite rumours to the contrary. They support DVD-RAM too.

    I had a second monitor for my iMac that, after it died, I missed rather a lot. So I had a choice. Either get my second monitor (a Philips) repaired; or buy a new monitor.

    It occurred to me that, as I also have a PS3, if I went the new monitor route I could take the opportunity to upgrade to a 3D screen too, if I could afford it. My budget was a maximum of around £350.

    So I looked for a replacement monitor that was DVI-D (iMac) and HDMI (PS3) – plus 3D capability.

    I found several options. Most involving installing Nvidea cards, extremely high frame rates and ‘active’ 3D glasses. All seemed to be aimed at PCs. DVI-D though will work with my iMac of course but the 3D wouldn’t have work with either my iMac or my PS3 necessarily so this option was a gamble.

    Also, prices for the above monitors started at around £350 (my price limit). However the active 3D glasses were not supplied and cost £100 more per pair. Ouch! This was discouraging. In contrast, the cost of repairing my Philips monitor was around £100 (possibly less).

    Enough of online shopping.

    I took the opportunity to visit my local shopping centre to see what deals were available. By chance I went into Argos and found this LG Cinema 3D D2343 on offer for £160.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/computers-accessories/dp/B009OL063C

    It was perfect. It had DVI-D for my iMac and HDMI for my PS3. Only extra I needed was an HDMI 1.4 connector. So I bought it. At the checkout they knocked off another £10 for some reason ,so I got it for £150. Less than half the price I anticipated having to pay.

    The LG monitor came with two pairs of ‘passive’ 3D glasses. Free.
    Furthermore, I held back some glasses from my last visit to my local cinema to see the most recent Star Trek movie in 3D. Theses glasses work with this monitor equally well.

    The 3D, set a little deeper than the manufacturers default setting, has to be seen to be believed. Thoroughly recommended.

    By the way, 3D gaming is incredible too. Of my back catalogue my favourite is Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. This game is excellent anyway, burin stereoscopic 3D is outstanding. The laser gunsights seeking one out in the London Underground level are superb. Easily gave this game the edge over the latest Tomb Raider in my opinion.

  • NowYouKnow

    Porn is what settled the VHS versus Sony Betamax debate. Beta was far superior quality but VHS was cheaper to produce. That’s all it took for the mass quantities needed by the porn industry. Beta is still used to this day by professionals in the TV broadcast industry.