What goes on in Vegas, Gets onto VideoBox

It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time for our annual trek to Vegas for the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE.) This is the biggest porn convention of the year, complete with red carpet AVN awards show. It’s also where we meet with content producers and put together our content plan for the year. From the comments in my last blog post, I know that some of you have very strong feelings about what movies should and should not be on the site, so I wanted to open up a forum for input and discussion.

To illustrate the challenges and nuances of licensing content, I want to point out a site that has the exact opposite licensing approach to VideoBox: AEBN.com. For those of you who aren’t familiar, AEBN was the first adult pay-per-view website. They now have over 70,000 movies from virtually every studio.

Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch: it’s really expensive. $20 per month gets you 200 minutes of viewing time—about 2 DVDs. And, that’s for streaming only. If you want to download and own a movie forever, it will cost you an additional $20 per DVD! But on VideoBox, if you download only one of the five new daily DVDs, you get 30 DVDs per month for about $15. To download the same amount from AEBN, you would have to spend $600. SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS!?!? That’s the price of a new computer!

We made a decision a long time ago to honor the fact that our customers liked a good deal, don’t want to be nickel and dimed per minute, hate DRM, and want to be able to download and archive their own movie collections. However, this model limits the studios that we license from, and that list changes every year. For example, we used to be able to license titles from Elegant Angel, but they changed their mind. There are some studios that we’ve been close to inking deals with—like Hustler and Devil’s Film— but that have never gone through. We want to give you the best content that $10 bucks a month can buy, but it’s challenging and we’re continually working to get new deals.

The good news is that because of the porn recession, studios are more aggressively looking for additional revenue streams and thus more open to licensing to VideoBox—I look forward to 2011 being an exciting year in content! As we prepare to head to Vegas, we’d like to get your input on where we should focus our efforts: If you have studios you’d like to see on the site, please post a comment. If there’s any particular DVD title that you’d like to see from any studio, please post that, too.

Lastly, something to consider: it would be possible for us to integrate the AEBN catalog into VideoBox, so that you could easily browse all 70,000 DVDs in the VB interface; with a one-click option, you’d be able to stream or download any movie. It would cost extra and it would be expensive (though maybe we could negotiate a special price for VB members). I’d like to get your feedback on this possibility, too: Let me know whether or not you’d like to see the AEBN catalog integrated into VideoBox by posting a comment. The core reason that we’ve haven’t built this feature in the past is to avoid the perception that “VideoBox has gone downhill and all the updates will be complete and utter crap forever more.” You might’ve read some of comments that claim that this has already happened at VideoBox, so we don’t want to add fuel to the fire.

I’d love to hear all of your thoughts and, as always, you can e-mail me at david@videobox.com. Just like the Hair Club for Men, I’m not only the president, I’m also a client.


61 Responses to “What goes on in Vegas, Gets onto VideoBox”

  1. scout2220 Says:

    David – would love to get a reply on the possibility of reposting some of the older content with whatever new encoding you guys are using today that seems to give much better quality. Honestly, the DVD quality of videos posted very recently is very, very good. I just wish that some of the content that you guys already own could be improved to that level.

  2. mitchrocn22 Says:

    Hi Guys,

    Thank you for all the work done during the AVN event in Las Vegas, it was truly appreciated. In regards to suggestions (the simple fact you guys care enough to ask says a lot!), two studios that come to mind are zero tolerance and Jules Jordan (perhaps we are in a buyers market as it relates to content being offered by the producers-if so lock in the rate over the long term). I continue to feel this site offers the best quality, content and service for each dollar spent per month and/or year. Please keep your company philosophy and all inherent qualities. Much thanks! mitch

  3. mitchrocn22 Says:

    AEBN catalog integration-sure, why not.? I recall a few years ago-the videobox pay per view as part of ‘friends of VB’ if I remember correctly.

  4. Ken Says:

    We should have the Zero Tolerance “Interactive Sex With Tori Black”

  5. reframe Says:

    You guys are the best site on the web; very easy to maneuver around, great content, the custom clips is a great idea, all for a great price. I appreciate the update, keep up the good work.

  6. ged84 Says:

    I would like to see “Big Cock Seduction” series (especially number 6) – studio New Sensations

  7. Tiao Says:

    Would like to see more Euro classics like ‘Heisse Löcher, geile Stecher’ with Martina Roll. Would also like to see more contemporary Euro stuff with Tyra Misoux. Would also like to see more Nina Lynn- see for example ‘I love lesbians 13’.

  8. Ant Says:

    Please oh Please can you guy’s get the Sister’s Reunion scene with Havana Ginger and her sister Savanna Ginger. AND WITH SOUND!!!!!!!!! I’D BE WORTH ALL THE MONEY I EVER SPENT ON YOUR SITE.

  9. ultimatedb Says:

    Love the recent Diabolic additions… Down the Hatch #12… I used to have that dvd, but I think my brother swiped it.


  10. VBfan Says:

    The thing I’d like to see added to VB is 1080p HD. I’d even pay more per month for it. Naughty America has it but their content is their own and it’s very limited. But 1080p is awesome to watch.

  11. Denovoinnc Says:

    I’d have to echo VB Fan. I rejoined because this is the only place to find many titles. Yours pickers do a good job, in general.
    However, VB is a supplement to Brazzers & 21st Sextury and I’d go with them if pressed. Why? Quality. If you guys just keep getting quality quantity (and Kink) but start allowing 1080p, then you will have the american market cornered, and, when your content is mostly 1080p, I, for one, would go with you over Brazzers, Reality Kings, etc.
    Thanks for a great product so far.