Monday, October 15, 2007


Did you know that the demise of the BetaMAX tape format in the 80's was directly realted to the Porn industry's VHS tape standardization? Sony (BetaMAX) and JVC (VHS) were going head to head in the late 70's/early 80's to make their format the household standard. When video rental stores started popping up on every corner and offering "adult" sections in the back, this forced many people into buying VHS VCR's so they could rent the porns which were only avaialable in VHS format. The porn industry liked the fact that VHS tapes were cheaper and could hold more video. Sales of Beta machines slumped and eventually Sony stopped making them, folding to the VHS format. And the rest is totally useless VCR history.

Next Time: How the Porn Industry founded and perfected the online subscription model.

Seeing a trend here?

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