Phil here reporting to you guys from the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ve got a ton of awesome footage and photos to share with you guys, but for now I’m going to share some highlights from Day 1 and 2.
Day 1 – VIP Bowling Party with Digital Sin/New Sensations
Kagney Linn Karter Hitting The Lanes with a Disney Princess Bowling Ball!!
Kagney Linn Karter was bowling right next to us, she was very sweet and took a picture with us.
The beautiful Courtney Cummz!
I caught Alexis Texas just before she left and jumped in for a photo! =)
Just before we called it a night, I ran into Steve Holmes at the circle bar (inside the Venetian).
Day 2 – AEE Convention
Our good friend Annie Cruz came with us to the convention and did a killer job as the Videobox Hostess. Here are some of the stars we talked to:
Kagney Linn Karter
So far I’ve had an amazing time at AEE! Thank you to all the stars that took the time to chat with us. I’m excited for Day 3, so be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow night when we close out our final night in Fabulous Las Vegas! Cheers!
Archive for January, 2011
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Just like the Hair Club for Men, I’m not only the president, I’m also a client.
I was caught by surprise with the upload of Lewd Conduct #6 this morning, as I wasn’t expecting the video to arrive for another day or two. In fact, the update occurred just minutes after I posted part 1 of my preview. Part 2 of the post will concentrate on scenes 4 thru 6. I’ve uploaded images I captured for these three scenes, and have summaries for two of the scenes. Be sure to check out Bobbie (Vivid contract girl Cassidey) in scene 6.
My favorite Christmas present this year has been not only the continuation of Diabolic updates, but the inclusion of several of their earlier releases in those updates. Titles such as Cream of the Crop, Un-Natural Sex #1, Un-Natural Sex #4, Gangbang Auditions #1, and 2 On 1 #1 to name just a few. I’m previewing another vintage title, Lewd Conduct #6 in two installments. Today in part 1 of the post, we’ll look at the first three scenes featuring Euro girls Antoanella (with glasses), and Ketthy Divan, and American beauty Bunny Luv. I’ve included preview images and summaries for these three scenes. Tomorrow in part 2 of the post, we’ll examine the final three scenes featuring the always nasty Alana Evans, Euro girl Claudia, and Bobbie, who went on to become a Vivid contract girl under the name Cassidey. I first viewed the Bobbie scene close to ten years ago, and it has remained a favorite of mine ever since, due in no small part to her memorably classic intro.