Originally posted by vruiz No, it won't. It's not the 70s-80s anymore.
Vic, with all due respect I have to disagree with your assertion that porn wouldn't get things moving along because "it's not the 70's-80's anymore." According to many, many stories on the topic, porn accounts for nearly $10 billion in revenues annually. That's a whopping amount of cash by any standards. So there still seems to be quite a market for the content.
However, I'm pretty certain that isn't what Randall was getting at with this thread. Is the market big enough for mass production was his first question and I'd have to say probably not at this point, but it certainly appears to be growing. I'm not sure about the cost effectiveness of mass production for what still seems to be a niche product. I know in our little bubble around here a lot of folks are shelling out the nearly $1k for the D-Theater deck, but I'm not sure mainstream folks are as willing to do so.
A lot more D-VHS would would sell if HD Porn was available. There is a big opportunity here for the 1st company that comes to market with D-VHS Porn. Look at how well Bikini Destinations is selling. I believe porn would not only sell well but cause sales of decks as well.
I am interested in purchasing D-VHS tapes, as I plan to order a couple from HDNet. I visited Randall's website and was impressed with his credits. I probably have seen 5-10 of his works. Some have been on Discovery HD Theater recently. However, if and when the equipment is available to tape Discovery HD, (I am specifically waiting for the Dish 211 to connect to my integrated Mits TV and DVCR) then I will not need to purchase those titles (as I have already paid indirectly by subscribing to that programming).
This is off the subject, but I would love to see Disney release their animated classics in the format (not D-Theater).
The type of programming you've produced in the past would probably sell to this sector of the market. Home Theater owners are always looking for "show off" material. When someone comes over who hasn't seen my setup and sees the JVC HD demo tape, their jaws drop. It works every time. Of course there is the simple enjoyment of well produced material in HD such as yours.
It is not the 90's either, but during those years, porn help spur the growth of e-commerce. I am sorry that some people take offense at porn, but it is a legal business. It is also a very lucrative one. Even if you don't want to watch porn on your HDTV, you might be happy if the extra sales of HD-VCR decks because of it cause the economies of scale to kick in and save you a couple hundred bucks.
Considering you have the rights to re-edit any of your work you want, why not come out with a first release, you could call- "HDTV Eye Candy" You have my permission to use that. Put out a 60 minute collection of excerpts of your eye candy work, like a demo reel. Make sure you put in some advertising at the end for the full features of each of your works with ordering info. Use that sampler to sell your other videos. Then listen to the feedback on what most people liked and then offer the full feature of that piece in a separate tape. I did this years ago with my Video Cave Mapâ„¢ series and found a niche market that sells tapes every month off my web site, You'd be amazed how timeless those tapes are. I got started with a sampler I called Tunnel Vision for Cave Divers. It sold a ton of tapes the first day I released it and I think you could do the same. Offer your sampler for $19.95, what I found is the magic number for volume.
Hope some of my experience in the niche market videos helps you with a decision,
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