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Freemium model?

by Bill Osler / March 3, 2010 10:23 AM PST

For some reason my ad blocker isn't suppressing things as well as it used to. I don't know why. I've recently started seeing some of the teasers at the top of the CNET web pages. Just for grins I clicked one a while ago about how the Porn industry is struggling. My immediate reaction was 'yeah, right'. The actual article was called: "Porn Industry Hits Limits of the "Freemium" Model". I suppose they have a point in the article when they claim that for most media the model of giving away content to attract eyeballs is not sustainable but 'Freemium'? That's an odd word.

I've always wondered how media companies expect to survive if they give away on the web the same content for which they charge in print. It doesn't make sense to me. Maybe I'm missing something. And I'd never heard of porn sites giving away anything except viruses and driveby downloads and infinite numbers of popups.

I did learn something though. I didn't realize that there are 'Porn Stars' who apparently have loyal audiences. I suppose that the next thing somebody is going to claim is that the movies actually have plots and they watch them because of the story and the quality of the acting.

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They even have awards shows...
by EdHannigan / March 3, 2010 11:17 AM PST
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banquets, the whole thing.

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(NT) Men only buy Playboy for the articles
by James Denison / March 3, 2010 8:13 PM PST
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Right ...
by Bill Osler / March 4, 2010 9:12 AM PST

They buy it for the articles of clothing that have been removed?

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I've been told...
by James Denison / March 4, 2010 12:36 PM PST
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...the best articles are viewed first, so that must be right.

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Pornography is supposed to have an audience larger than
by Ziks511 / March 5, 2010 12:54 AM PST
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Hollywood, and to bring in more money, at least I read that somewhere in a conventional newspaper. What I want to know is, who's watching all that stuff if I don't know a soul who does, and apparently nobody here knows anyone either?

When I walk into a regular DVD store, or even the rental places here, there's no porn, You have to go to a separate store, unrelated to the first which judging from the ads outside sells nothing but porn. I must say, I like it that way, I don't have to avoid a section of a conventional store, and because they're always re-organizing the store, I'm sure I'd have walked into the wrong part and wanted to gouge my eyes out.


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