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Major Porn Studio: We Can't Wait to Ditch Flash

Always a major player in format wars of the past, it's a wonder no one thought to ask the porn industry to weigh in on the Flash versus HMTL5 debate before now. This past weekend, Conceivably Tech nabbed an interview with Ali Joone, the founder of Digital Playground, one of the biggest adult film studios in the U.S. Way back when the question we were all asking was, "HD DVD or Blu-ray?" Joone's answer was set in stone; his studio backed Blu-ray and famously had problems getting companies to produce pornographic content on the new format.

Now, we could be on the cusp of a new format war. With a very public row between Apple and Adobe, and Flash 10.1 coming to Android, it all smells just a little bit familiar. We might not be there yet, but as of late, there's been a definite 'this world ain't big enough for the both of them' vibe about the HTML5/Flash discussions.

When asked if Flash will survive, Joone's response was a resounding no: "HTML 5 is the future," he told Conceivably Tech, adding later that for mobile devices, Flash is just a drain on battery.

"Mobile browsers run HTML 5 very well. Flash brings everything to a crawl and has an impact on battery life. With HTML 5, there is no reason to show our content in Flash."

CT reports that Joone has been singing the praises of HTML5 for over a year, and with good reason: with the iPhone, Digital Playground got around Safari's lack of Flash support and Apple's 'no porn' rule by offering HTML5 streams. These streams, along with HTML5 compatibility in mobile browsers, allow for Joone's opinion that Android's Flash 10.1 support is irrelevant.

So DP has already written off Flash when it comes to mobile devices, but what about desktop users? Apparently the company will be dropping support for that ASAP, too.

"We are waiting for browsers to catch up. As soon as they are ready, we will move everything to HTML 5," Joone revealed to CT.

With HTML5 flourishing, it's easy to see why some people might think Flash is on the way out. However, for now, a large part of the Web still relies on the format. Do you think Flash is on life support or do you think the Internet can handle two formats?

If you're interested in reading more on Joone's HTML5-related thoughts, along with what he thinks of 3D, digital distribution and porn on smartphones, head over the Conceivably Tech for the full interview.

  • house70
    yeah, but when I have a choice between a device that gives me 2 options and one that gives me just one option, guess which one I'm going to pick?
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  • djtronika
    welp, just look at bluray. porn industry makes a decision you better be ready for it.

    sorry adobe. :(
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  • Clintonio
    I hate flash BUT it's not irrelevant for andriod to have it.

    I can use any website I want now, basically. Well, I exaggerate, but a lot more. Flash sucks, but it's useful to have it while we wait for HTML5.
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  • The vast majority of Flash usage is ads and YouTube. With the latter switching to HTML5 I, personally, see no reason for me to install Flash.

    That said I don't think Flash is on the way out per see, there's a lot of web games and such reliant on the platform.

    As an animation/movie container/viewer however I do believe Flash is doomed.
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  • Sykar
    I sure hope Flash loses, Flash is so bulky, laggy, a memory hog and my browsers crash so many times using Flash. WEbsites using Flash are also sooo annoying, so are website heavily using javascript.
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  • hellwig
    I'm confused what Flash has to do with streaming. Remember when you would click a video link on a webpage, and either QuickTime, Windows Media Player, and RealPlayer would start up and start streaming the video? We got so entrenched in "everything must fit in the browser window", that we all sat back while Flash slowly crept its way into our nether regions. There's no reason that Flash and Streaming Content should have anything to do with each other. You know why you can watch YouTube videos on your phone? It has nothing to do with Flash, it has everything to do with the streaming video player installed on your phone. Click a link to a video on a website, and your phone opens up the video player (just like your PC used to). If Hulu wasn't so concerned with people skipping commercials, they could already be streaming to people's phones over the existing services.

    Flash IS useful for interactive sites and games. It has no purpose in streaming video, other than allowing us to be lazy, and not having to switch to a separate application to view videos. Goes to show you the value of content when you're not willing to have to Alt-TAB between applications just to watch that YouTube video of a giggling baby.

    I guess, as a society, we're playing right into Google's hands by demanding everything run in our web browser. I didn't understand how Google thinks the whole world can run off the web, but I guess in reality they're just giving us what we're all so desperately craving. A world in which we don't have to go through the hassle of scrolling down to our Task Bar and clicking some other icon to switch to a different application. It's much better to scroll up to our bookmarks and click a link to another website.
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  • Pyroflea
    While HTML5 is superior to flash in almost every way, it's going to take a long time for it to catch on and for Flash to be ditched entirely. People need to support both, and slowly migrate towards HTML5.
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  • anamaniac
    Flash is dieing for videos. Good for it.
    Flash became god on sites like Newgrounds.com for a reason. It's a great platform to make games with. From what I can tell, it's difficult to do something as simple as pacman in HTML5.

    It's not dead yet.
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  • hakesterman
    Goodbye Flash, you lost your flashy years ago..............
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  • Nik_I
    the porn industry seems to be the one who sets the standards, so if they were to actually go ahead and switch to html 5, flash's days are numbered.
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