Urbin Report

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The LA Times catches up with me.

Thanks to my buddy Dan for pointing this one out to me. His wife is a technology writer for the LA Times (and a pretty good one IMHO).
She got a front page story on how the Porn industry is yet again driving technology.

I covered this back on April 9. :-)
Wired had the scoop on this. I like Dawn's article and analysis though. You should stop by and read it.
Here are some of the good parts:

Letting people burn downloaded movies is considered key to the growth of online distribution. Despite the proliferation of fast Internet connections, most people still want to watch movies on television but lack an easy way to get them off the computer. Plus, hard drives can store only so many space-hogging movies.
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Historically, the porn industry has adopted new technologies more nimbly than Hollywood. It embraced home video in the late 1970s, allowing people to bypass seedy theaters and watch the movies in their living rooms. Mainstream studios, by contrast, fought home video all the way to the Supreme Court before making it one of the most profitable pieces of their business.
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"The simple fact is porn is an early adopter of new media," said Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. "If you're trying to get something established … you're going to privately and secretly hope and pray that the porn industry likes your medium."