Remember 1975? It was an era long before DVD’s and Blu-ray-disks when video tape recorders made their entrance into many people’s homes. Back then there was a wide variety of recorders, Sony’s Betamax, Philips’ Video 2000 and JVC’s VHS. The worst of these 3 were without a doubt VHS. Yet everybody ended up with a VHS recorder in their home… it became by far the most popular option. Why? Porn!
Sony and Philips both refused to let pornographers put adult material on their tapes. JVC didn’t care. So in the rental shows (yes, people used to go out to a shop to rent videos, which you had to turn back in after a week or so, and you got a fine if you forgot to rewind the tape!) the only porn related material was only available on VHS.
Philips ‘learned’ from this. When they came out with their CD-i, which was like a predecessor of today’s DVD and Blu-ray, back in 1991, the first contract they signed was with Playboy. A few years later the internet became widely available… with one little site called ‘The Hun’s Yellow Pages’ which started a whole new era… now you know!