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Playboy moves to digital, drops DVD

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 Oct 2008 18:03 User comments (29)

Playboy moves to digital, drops DVD Playboy Enterprises has announced it will shuttering its DVD production as part of a company-wide restructuring plan aimed at reducing costs.
To return to profitability for the 2009 fiscal year, Playboy chair and CEO Christie Hefner says the company must shave expenses by $10 million USD. In addition to dropping out of the physical media business, the company will be cutting 80 jobs.

Playboy will be moving its DVD activities to digital downloads, which the company considers a profitable operation. The company is also set to re-launch its Web site, Playboy.com, next year.

“We will continue to deliver more of our content digitally, using our assets across multiple distribution platforms and adding more a la carte offerings,”
said Hefner. “Given the declines in the DVD market, we will exit that business in phases over a few months to concentrate on selling that content online.”

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29 user comments

118.10.2008 18:25
13thHouR
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Here begins the exodus of dvd to more restrictive anti-consumer formats. lets hope that companies play fair, and don't implement pay per play, or long term rental esk types.

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218.10.2008 20:33

"Shave" expenses huh? hmmmm...

318.10.2008 20:38
varnull
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Hope they are ready for the massive drop in sales and increased piracy of their titles... Not that they interest anybody on this site (ahem)

Next we will have the "my playboy burned disk is stuck in the ps3 drive... save me before the wife comes home with the kids" posts

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Oct 2008 @ 20:39

418.10.2008 22:23

is play boy even really relent theses days in the porn industry,
in an age of two girls one cup dose any one watch there tame soft core Little House on the Prairie porn?

519.10.2008 3:02

What is easier to hide? a DVD your 12 year old kid may find or a user name & password in your head?

619.10.2008 5:14
13thHouR
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Originally posted by ripxrush:
What is easier to hide? a DVD your 12 year old kid may find or a user name & password in your head?
my daughter is more likely to find my history and cookies stored on my pc, or any emails sent like "thank you for registering your account" or "playboy your payment is due" ect, than a dvd hidden somewhere.
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719.10.2008 12:55

Who the hell pays for porn anymore?

819.10.2008 13:49

Heres a crazy thought..... drop the price of those 30+ DVDs!

Good lord failed business model is made of fail!

919.10.2008 14:03

[qute=Azuran]Who the hell pays for porn anymore?


Play boy is porn?

heheehehehee

1019.10.2008 14:25
13thHouR
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Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by Azuran:
Who the hell pays for porn anymore?
Play boy is porn?

heheehehehee
exactly.

you'd be better off looking over at youporn
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1119.10.2008 14:52

Why are you posting a link to a porn site? I'm sure you know that AD is used by a lot of underage people.

1219.10.2008 14:54
13thHouR
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Originally posted by Evastar:
Why are you posting a link to a porn site? I'm sure you know that AD is used by a lot of underage people.
eek removed.

1319.10.2008 14:55

Originally posted by Evastar:
Why are you posting a link to a porn site? I'm sure you know that AD is used by a lot of underage people.
Ya its easy enough to find if you simply call it by name minus the web address...what was I saying again LOL

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1419.10.2008 14:56
13thHouR
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Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by Evastar:
Why are you posting a link to a porn site? I'm sure you know that AD is used by a lot of underage people.
Ya its easy enough to find if you simply call it by name minus the web address...what was I saying again LOL
well most ppl have google, youporn is just like youtube without the dam need for credit card stealing signups.

1519.10.2008 15:00

I'm sure it is easy enough to find, but there's no point in handing it to kids, or putting the idea in their heads in the first place.

1619.10.2008 15:02
13thHouR
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Originally posted by Evastar:
I'm sure it is easy enough to find, but there's no point in handing it to kids, or putting the idea in their heads in the first place.
whats wrong with porn, as long as the parties in the said videos are not being exploited against their free will?

1719.10.2008 15:05

I didn't say there was anything wrong with it per se, as long as it is between consenting adults and it is adults watching it is their own business, i said that a lot of underage people use this site and it isn't appropriate in my opinion to be posting links to porn for them to access.

My 13 year old daughter has an account on AD and i certainly wouldn't be impressed if i thought she was accessing that kind of site.

1819.10.2008 15:08

My (very young) kids often have a look-see what i'm posting/looking at on Afterdawn, i certainly won't be amused if they inadvertantly click on links that shouldn't have been posted...

1919.10.2008 16:16

Quote:

whats wrong with porn, as long as the parties in the said videos are not being exploited against their free will?
absolutely nothing in most cases - only problem is playboy isn't porn - I mean if you like porn fair enough go get your porn but why buy overpriced products where they only pretend to do it and wrap it up in a sickly chocolate box producton of soft focal lenses , surgically altered models and soft supermarket music ?

i always thought playboy was where male porn actors went when they couldn't get it up any more because in playboy they aren't allowed to anyway - equally a good studio for very attractive but frigid females who don't want to get poked for real but who are good at faking it

2020.10.2008 8:56

Originally posted by creaky:
My (very young) kids often have a look-see what i'm posting/looking at on Afterdawn, i certainly won't be amused if they inadvertantly click on links that shouldn't have been posted...
Especially that site, its well beyond the old kid finding somones "magizine collection".

2120.10.2008 11:56

I wonder if these digital downloads are going to be in HD? If so IMO porn does not look to good in HD. I don't want to see all those pimples and shaving bumps.

2220.10.2008 16:34

Everyone is missing the point...
Playboy has admitted that physical media is not profitable and digital media is.
Where the porn industry goes, the rest of the world will follow.

DVD's and Blueray's are obsolete.

2322.10.2008 12:19
imnothere
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However, this does not always apply. For example, I am a 16 year old boy, who, admitidly watched porn. My point is that playboy didn't sell DVD's in Britain, that i have seen anyway (trust me I have looked... I have the Glasgow barras to look through) This is a big market that they could have exploited. They haven't. So if playboy went out of buisness, say tomorrow, it wouldn't make a differnce to the many people who watch porn daily. Yes, Monty Python DVD's would not be sold anymore (made by playboy).

My point is that: not every person in the world watches playboy, so why fret about it going to digital. Someone somewhere will just put it onto the previously mentioned porn site, and playboy lose money anyway.

BTW that site, doesnt work, tried it ages ago...could get ANYTHING to work

2422.10.2008 12:32
Dragula96
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Originally posted by Evastar:
I didn't say there was anything wrong with it per se, as long as it is between consenting adults and it is adults watching it is their own business, i said that a lot of underage people use this site and it isn't appropriate in my opinion to be posting links to porn for them to access.

My 13 year old daughter has an account on AD and i certainly wouldn't be impressed if i thought she was accessing that kind of site.
The whole article was about Playboy, so what's your point? Are you implying that they need to edit this entire article as well? They did link everyone to Playboy DOT COM. Sure Playboy isn't as hardcore as youporn, but it still has nudity.

Originally posted by aD:
The company is also set to re-launch its Web site, Playboy.com, next year.

2522.10.2008 12:33
varnull
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Originally posted by Evastar:
I didn't say there was anything wrong with it per se, as long as it is between consenting adults and it is adults watching it is their own business, i said that a lot of underage people use this site and it isn't appropriate in my opinion to be posting links to porn for them to access.

My 13 year old daughter has an account on AD and i certainly wouldn't be impressed if i thought she was accessing that kind of site.
You really should set them up their own login with some internet filtering ;) I install this http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ for people with kids on request.. Seems to do a pretty good job when I was testing... though as a crafty adult I managed to get my fill of everything I wanted with some thought.

2622.10.2008 12:40
imnothere
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yah, i remember when my mum put parental controls on my login....i did the same back to her. i wouldnt put controls on the PC until the child starts lookin for porn, othewise, they will learn about it a lot sooner than they are supposed to.

2722.10.2008 12:54

@dragula - that isn't an actual link to a site, whereas the other one was.

@varnull - thanks, but i prefer not to put restrictions on their accounts as we have discussed their internet usage and they know i might check up on them sometimes, but i generally trust them.

2822.10.2008 13:00
varnull
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@ Eva.. that's the best way.. trust is always better than restriction. Good to see you can supervise your kids calmly and with mutual respect. I must admit it's people with the 5-11 year olds who have the most concern about what might just pop up on the screen and want some sort of content safety installed. It seems most parents take the view once senior school starts then the kids are going to be exposed to sex education and the age of innocence is over. there are still some sites I wouldn't like children finding.. but there are ways to silently filter those using peerguardian......

@ others..Depends on your kids and how savvy you are as an administrator (which you are in these circumstances) about not allowing them access to any content filtering or connectivity changing software.

example.. you try to lock me out of my computer or bypass my filters and that's game over.. no more program install rights for you.. ever.. your account will be terminated and the incident reported to administrator... gotta love unix.. seek admin assistance to install applications if you do not have permission.. I would like to see some 12 year old kid get past a unix style groups and users permissions policy.

anyway.. I think at 13 children are old enough to understand what sex is.. what it is for and the possible consequences. If you try to protect them from everything they are very unprepared for that big nasty world out there.

Down to the end user who has overall responsibility.. remembering that it is the parents responsibility what a child sees on their internet connection.. and in some countries that could be seen as "showing offensive material to minors.. or be allowing to be seen" and you can go to jail for it in some circumstances.. so bear that in mind.

One day you may be a parent of a teenager.. then you will understand. In my house you would have no outside internet access for 6 months for a stunt like that... because I run the firewall and can set ports by user ;) Don't mess with the BOFH :)

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2927.10.2008 14:08
imnothere
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well, i think that there are a lot of dud firewalls, some are hard to get by, and some are just child's play. if course it will depend on what you want, but best thing to do is just leave them alone, and check history when they are not on the PC. But i wouldnt do it when they could notice, and if you have a real brainy one, they will probably delete the history. Whichcase, you just go into the temporary internet files, which are usually deleted seperatly.


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