While Sony and 9 other companies are involved as oppossed to just Sony themselves it doesn't change the fact that it still increases Sony's strangle hold on the media markets. And while there is actually one Porno on Blu-Ray already, Sony is still fighting it and doing everything they can to make sure no more appear. The fact Sony is fighting it is what is the problem, the fact that they are showing a willingness to attack genres and try and impose restriction on content. Don't give me, "Who watches porn on DVD anymore?" That's not the damn point! And I seriously doubt that's why Sony is fighting it. They tried fighting it on Beta-Max too, Sony's ideals of content censorship is a trend that's not going away. I don't need my media provider forcing their moral decisions on me regardless whether those decisions infringe on my immediate personal interests or not. It's the principal, not the practicality.
You all paint these pretty technophile pictures of a utopian disc format, yet fail to take into consideration whether or not Sony actually will actually utilize the format in 1. Any of the ways you claim it can, 2. Any of the ways they claim it can, 3. Any way that will benefit the market or consumer. With Sony pushing ever onward in their excessively paranoid agenda of piracy protection at the cost of the consumer, I don't want them having anything to do with a dominant disc format irregardless its potential or promise.
It's plain and simple naivity to look at the situation and ignore Sony's track record in favor of your technophile wet dream called Blu-Ray. As of now there are no problems with DVD-9 that need immediate resolution in favor of a new format. There is nothing to justify a new disc format except HD-TVs which only have a less than 10% market penetration. Blu-Ray isn't a technological Messiah, its a Trojan Vehicle in a Gaming System, its a step towards an even greater format and industry Monopoly, its a marketing scheme to increase the demand of HD-TVs which surprise surpise Sony and its 9 constituants have a great deal of resources invested in. Most damning of all is that its another weapon in the arsenal of a malicious international company that has showed us time and time again it can't be trusted and will sell out the consumer for the sake of their convenience at the drop of a hat. Yet you just cover your ears and pretend none of this happening why you try and brag about how technologically wonderful Blu-Ray is...
P.S. Don't you dare try and pull a, "but all companies look out for themselves.". That's not the same damn thing as what Sony's doing. Of course a Company looks out for its own interests, but most Companies recognize the welfare of the consumer as the greatest key to the longevity of their success. While Companies like Nintendo respond to market trends and try to enable new audiences within a market, Sony tries to make, force and enforce trends at the cost of whoever gets in their way. I can think of no other media company that has been accused of or caught so many times of participating in maliscious, illegal or unethical business practices to further their own ends. Sony stands out above and beyond the scope of any other company ever involved in multi-media or gaming in terms of its maliscious acts against the consumer and the market as a whole, to deny this is asinine at its finest, to call this bias is dellusional, to argue it is an argument against reality.
Considering I'm morally against porn, I really don't care if Sony tries to block it. I'm sure you are in favor of friend codes, though, because Nintendo is always trying to "protect kids." Which is worse? Friend codes. Oh, and protecting kids from third parties having the same access to online kits. Much worse.
The greatest features are already in use for blu-ray: video, audio, scratch proof, more space. Movie studios all want copy protection. They would not support a format that didn't at least try to stop piracy.
I think Sony has a great optical format track record. The CD and DVD worked out great. There many problems with DVD-9: it doesn't provide the best audio, it has inferior video quality for HDTVs, it doesn't have the space neccesary for that audio and video, and it's easily damaged. HD-TV is going to be there no matter what movie format we use, because in 2009 every station much broadcast in HD. People want HD because it looks better. Blu-ray is the best format to move forward with HDTVs. Also, I want a quote stating the actual penetration.
"While Companies like Nintendo respond to market trends and try to enable new audiences within a market, Sony tries to make, force and enforce trends at the cost of whoever gets in their way." I know you are a hopeless Nintendo fanboy, but Nintendo certainly wants money as much as any other company. They tried to charge way too much for cartridge use for generations and lost third party support for the N64 and Gamecube. Sony is trying to advance the market to HD to make money. Of course they want to make money, but if consumers didn't enjoy the products they wouldn't keep buying them. Saying Sony is forcing people to buy HDTVs is just ignorance. Nintendo is trying to expand the videogame market because they want to make money. All 3 console companies have screwed over fans at many points. Btw...responding to market trends? I think Nintendo is a little late on that internet thing...