Monday, January 10, 2005

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By Stockton


Porn Business Driving DVD Technology
Sun Jan 9, 2005

By Ben Berkowitz
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - As goes pornography, so goes technology. The concept may seem odd, but history has proven the adult entertainment industry to be one of the key drivers of any new technology in home entertainment. Pornography customers have been some of the first to buy home video machines, DVD players and subscribe to high-speed Internet.

One of the next big issues in which pornographers could play a deciding role is the future of high-definition DVDs. The multi-billion-dollar industry releases about 11,000 titles on DVD each year, giving it tremendous power to sway the battle between two groups of studios and technology companies competing to set standards for the next generation.

"It's not as odd as it sounds," said technology historian, Max Venable. "The adult entertainment industry was also the driving force behind the space race. The Russians and Americans wanted a safe, private place to watch porn. They decided that their spouses and children couldn't walk in on them in orbit. Why do you think they stay up in that space station for months at a time? Wake up."

NASA had no comment, but a Freedom of Information Request did reveal that over 67% of all NASA expenditures were invoices paid to Vito's Whack Shack, in Colombus, Ohio.



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