SYDNEY—Sony wants Blu-ray production business down under, but no porn, please.
Opened in June in the Huntington area of Sydney, Sony's hi-def disc factory is said to be the only Blu-ray duplicator in the Southern hemisphere, reports APCMag.com. But porn producers will have to find another outlet for Blu-ray production.
The operation has a maximum annual capacity of some 12 million discs; however, one of its three lines is exclusively used for duplicating Sony PS3 games.
"Sony DADC will be doing production for local companies and there will be capacity," said a Sony spokesperson, telling APC the plant "is open to other contracts but would not take on any adult titles or content."
Porn duplication also has been banned in other Blu-ray factories around the globe. APC calls it the "Disney effect," because Disney's upgraded versions of its classic films and animated works are among the top sellers in the Blu-ray market, especially when a DVD copy and/or a digital copy in included in the package. Disney has mandated that no plant duplicating its products may also handle adult content of any kind. Understandably, most factories would rather have the Disney business than service adult producers.
Also, APC cites a slip-up a decade ago, when a home video version of The Rescuers included two frames of a topless woman in the background, though how such a technical gaffe occurred is still unknown. Maybe she was a fan of those heroic mice? The faulty videos were quickly scrapped and replaced.
The APC report also mentions the AVN Awards, winning hi-def adult releases and the recent addition of hi-def categories as well.