Unbeknownst to the millions of consumers of this world, the adult video business faces many difficulties in modern times. Developments in technology and restrictions by the big corporations that control it make it harder and harder for this industry to succeed.
Internet Porn is Being Ruined
The Rise of Free Content
In today’s adult industry climate, times are tough as the availability of free content continues to grow without posters looking for financial gain. The increased presence of sites providing free streaming videos makes it that much more difficult, and it’s becoming harder and harder to make money in this business. As it struggles to find new ways to bring in profits, it’s also faced with competition from mainstream social networking sites.
Many social media sites try to block out adult content, but only to an extent. Twitter allows adult material, but they simply place warnings over anything suggestive. Tinder is used by many as an adult dating app, and although Snapchat attempts to crack down on such material, its purpose for trading private videos and pictures make it much easier for users to access porn without going through the big adult companies. Although the app attempts to regulate accounts made for adult content, the reality that the private messaging and video chat site also carries use as a porn service is undeniable.
The adult industry has been almost replaced by people all over the world with quick access to camera gear and the ability to post content on various popular sites across the Internet. This modern concept has evolved both technologically and culturally.
Then and Now
In the early years, adult content on the Internet was extremely successful and profitable. Many producers and distributors made millions per year. As technology changed, so did the ability to make a living. One of the first changes was the increase in technology in the mobile phone world. With the creation of super-smart phones, most of our digital lives moved from the standard computer to mobile devices.
With Apple’s iPhone being one of the leaders of this field, the company hit the adult world hard by banning explicit material in its App Store. Also came the rise of what are referred to as “Tube sites.” These sites provide free streaming adult video content much in the same way as YouTube does and make it harder for porn makers and distributors to earn profits as much of the content is pirated. These developments also managed to take place as the economy sank lower and lower.
Adult content is no longer the most prevalent form of online video with the success of mainstream streaming companies such as YouTube, Netflix and many others. Even social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook allow videos to be uploaded. With these companies and their owners gaining more power, the adult industry is forced behind as mainstream brands continue to drive new technology while the adult world lacks it. Large tech brands not only control the services through app stores, search engines and networking sites, but they also control the devices used to access such services, such as smart phones, web streaming TV dongles and even virtual reality devices.
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Porn vs. the World
One of the biggest differences between mainstream video services and adult video sites is that mainstream companies have more pull and control over their material. If a Hollywood movie is pirated and presented on a site, the producers and distributors have the economic power to have the content removed and played only through mainstream providers. The adult industry can have content removed and threaten legal action like big-time Hollywood companies, but it doesn’t have the clout to do so on a large scale.
The adult industry also lacks the sympathy that more “legitimate” companies receive in such situations. Essentially, the adult business lacks the ability to enforce intellectual property protection. Although the adult video world provides content in the same way many others do, law makers don’t care much to assist in the affairs of this industry. Many adult services also run as small businesses. These startups can become successful, but they lack the opportunities to easily garner attention and raise money like their mainstream counterparts.
As another blow, many credit card services refuse to associate with the adult business as fraud, chargebacks and other problems were common. Mainstream tech providers, such as those responsible for video engines and email services, also refuse to associate with the adult world. Many adult companies are forced to handle affairs on their own such as creating their own billing systems, taking care of advertising and handling distribution without specialized help.
Several of these companies now attempt to mesh with the mainstream world to reap some of the major benefits. This may allow more freedom to produce goods, generate income and receive assistance from tech brands. Some adult companies even offer mainstream games, books and graphic novels. In the attempt to tone down the adult aspects of their brands, such companies wish to provide more for users in general by giving them the types of content they can enjoy at any given time.
The Future of Adult Content
There is still hope for the troubled world of adult video. Most people look forward to the development of virtual reality as a means to restore the industry. The problem is that such technology is also being controlled by big businesses. Microsoft, Google and Facebook all have their own versions of developing virtual reality devices, and there’s a great chance they won’t allow adult content by official means if they allow it at all.
However, the adult video business will still create their virtual reality content while mainstream services may offer virtual reality that comes close to adult material. It may come in the form of users trading their own information to allow this to happen. Though large corporations ban adult content, it still seeps through the cracks due to users and companies providing it without labeling themselves as adult vendors. In the tech world, many are becoming more open to allowing such material through.