YouPorn Goes HTML5, Gets on the iPad

Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the iPad’s “freedom from porn” as one of the device’s key selling points, but that freedom didn’t last very long, as at least one major adult site — YouPorn.com — has begun encoding its videos to work on the Apple tablet.

Porn Studio Sues Tube Site, Wants $1.35M

San Francisco-based gay adult entertainment company Titan Media has sued aptly named free video streaming site Monstercocktube.com and its two German founders for copyright infringements, demanding $1.35 million in damages, according to a report from adult industry magazine Xbiz.
Titan is alleging that the duo has been distributing nine of its movies without its consent. One of the titles was apparently watched more than 20,000 times. The lawsuit also alleges that the site’s administrators have tried to conceal their identity through an offshore company. Monstercocktube has apparently recently been renamed to the equally descriptive Monstercockland.com.
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The iPad is for Porn

Mainstream media companies aren’t the only ones gearing up for the launch of the iPad this Saturday. iPad users will also soon have access to plenty of porn optimized for Apple’s (s AAPL) touch-screen device, thanks to a number of studios working feverishly on converting their catalogs over and optimizing existing mobile offerings.

Studios like Vivid (please note that this link, as many others in this article, is not safe for work) and distributors like AEBN do face some hurdles in targeting the device, however. Apple has been exercising a zero-tolerance policy for adult content on the iTunes App Store, making it impossible to distribute even slightly R-rated material, much less triple-X fare. Add to this the absence of Flash on the iPad, and you have a situation in which adult publishers are forced to out-innovate their mainstream competition.

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No Porn on Vudu? Boxee to the Rescue

Vudu’s decision to shut down its adult movie section as a result of being acquired by Wal-Mart has adult entertainment companies and fans of X-rated content alike wondering where to turn next. The answer could be Boxee; the video platform already has a number of adult apps, and Boxee’s vice president of marketing Andrew Kippen confirmed today that the company’s upcoming payment platform will be open to the adult industry as well.

Porn has always been a touchy subject for video platforms and hardware vendors alike. Triple-X content can get you an instant audience, but it could also hamper your ability to strike business relationships and get distribution deals, which is why Roku users can only access porn through an undocumented backdoor. Boxee, on the other hand, has always been pretty open towards adult content — and it even invited Suicide Girls founder Missy Suicide on stage during December’s Boxee Beta event in Brooklyn.

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Adult Industry Uses Vobile To Fight Online Piracy

The Free Speech Coalition, a trade association representing members of the adult film industry, will be introducing its new anti-piracy program this week in an effort to weed out the number of sites that re-distribute porn content without paying its producers.

The porn industry trade association’s new Anti-Piracy Action Program (APAP) initiative will track content with spidering and fingerprinting software and send DMCA takedown notices to infringing websites. The program will also offer FSC members legal services and will aid in negotiations with third parties to include trailers on their websites for users to purchase full copies of the videos they’re watching, expanding the opportunity for monetization.

The program is going live after a year of testing, and will be powered by fingerprinting and tracking technology from Vobile, the same technology being used to keep infringing content from appearing on Justin.tv. Vobile has been popular in Hollywood, striking partnerships with six studios and three TV networks, all of which feed their content into its comparison database. But a deal with the Free Speech Coalition will add adult videos to the mix, which it will track across numerous third-party sites that re-distribute porn clips without compensating rights holders.

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To Compete With Free, Adult Biz Turns to Twitter Porn And Steampunk Phone Sex

Last week, all eyes were on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. Well, at least that’s the official version. Truth is, more than a few Vegas visitors strayed a few steps, only to find themselves at the Adult Entertainment Expo (NSFW), another annual convention that similarly tried to engage consumers, albeit with a slightly different line-up of celebrities. Think Belladonna, not Ballmer.

However, AEE was struggling to claim a generation of fans that is used to getting its content for free. The show has been shrinking since 2005, with fewer and fewer companies renting booth space. What once took two floors of the Sands Convention Center took one this year around. Adult industry workers blamed the glut of free online porn for the rapid decline of adult revenues, and frankly, some people were starting to sound a little desperate. “I would be so appreciative if you would buy my movies,” I was told by Belladonna, arguably the world’s most recognized porn star, stressing the word “buy.”

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Roku’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Porn Policy

EVTV on Roku

A new channel popped up on Roku yesterday called EroticVision.TV that makes adult content available on the broadband set-top box for the first time. But the new “adult entertainment” channel hasn’t actually been approved by Roku, and it operates in a kind of limbo where the app is publicly available but not publicly listed.

The EVTV channel isn’t available through the Roku channel store; unlike apps from approved content providers and partners like Facebook, Blip.tv and Major League Baseball, the EVTV channel can only be accessed once you’ve navigated a complicated installation process that entails first entering a channel code on the Roku site and later linking your Roku account to the EVTV service. That’s because EroticVision never actually applied to be in the channel store — and it didn’t have to, due to a loophole in Roku’s approval process.

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Porn Spoofs Make Blue Movies an Easy Sell

[show=bluemovies size=large]Here’s the blunt truth of it: Even a major prude could probably derive enjoyment from Blue Movies, a well-produced little comedy series about the behind-the-scenes world of pornography, and as I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m no puritan.
Blue Movies, which is well-produced, tightly written, and occasionally (though not always) hilarious, depicts the world of Pornamount Pictures, a studio that specializes in adult adaptations of films like Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption and The Dark Knight (the porn version of that film being titled The Dark Night Full of Smokin’ Hot Orgies — “Let’s make Christopher Nolan proud!” shouts the director). The show, told from the point of view of new intern Tom (Beck Bennett), who bumbled onto the set believing that he was actually starting an internship at Paramount, is seemingly focused around these XXX-rated satires of Oscar winners (trailers for which are available separately), but is at its best during the behind-the-scenes sequences, which are just like any Hollywood satire, except with more naked people.
However, while dealing with mature subject matter, Blue Movies is surprisingly clean, and the more explicit material tends to be of a verbal, not visual, nature. And while the female characters could all too easily have fallen into awful stereotypes, they’re actually not that bad. One of them even keeps her clothes on! Read More about Porn Spoofs Make Blue Movies an Easy Sell

Vuze Looks For Money In Porn

P2P video startup Vuze quietly launched an adult video download service called StudioHD earlier this year. StudioHD offers an unlimited number of HD porn video downloads for a monthly fee that are subsequently facilitated through Vuze’s BitTorrent client. The company told me that StudioHD is a template for other premium services it plans to launch.

A premium adult outlet seems to be logical step for a company like Vuze, given the popularity of porn on P2P networks, but it’s also another indicator of how difficult it is to monetize P2P. Vuze has raised a total of $32 million in funding. Plans to sell rentals of major TV networks didn’t work out, and Vuze was forced to lay off 24 people last year as well as move out of its costly downtown Palo Alto, Calif., office space. And while Vuze (aka Azureus) used to be the most popular BitTorrent client, it has lost steam to competitors like uTorrent.

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Vid-Biz: Porn Piracy, TV.com, Uwe Boll

Even Porn Companies Hate Internet Pirates; adult industry hit hard by free alternatives, DVD sales and rentals reportedly down 22 percent. (The Wrap)

Premium Content Boosts TV.com Traffic; In January, the site tripled its uniques over December while streams rose 13-fold. (TVWeek)

Uwe Boll Turns to Crowds to Finance His Next Flick; through his web site, the schlock master asks users to donate $50 to fund his terrorist film Blackout. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Cox Tests Throttling; the single market test will temporarily delay “non-time-sensitive” applications in the upstream direction only when the network is busy. (Multichannel News)

Disney Launches DisneyXD.com; TV premiere of the new series Aaron Stone will also be streamed online and on mobile. (MediaWeek)