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Free video sites threatens to kill adult movie industry

Reuters, via PC World, report that the adult movie industry is bracing itself to fight for its survival as cheap bandwidth, piracy and adult video websites take a toll on their bottom line.

Sites like allow individual to posts adult-themed videos which are prohibited on mainstream websites like Youtube or Dailymotion.

According to the article, Xtube has more than 200,000 videos that have all been uploaded by its users and this has been enough to propel the website in the top 200 websites worldwide, according to Alexa's ratings (opens in new tab) and in the top 100 UK websites.

XTube's sales director, Curtis Potec says that 1 percent of visitors, which translates into tens of thousands of users, typically buy DVDs or video streams, earning the company millions of dollars per year.

Unlike Youtube which does not sell anything per se, Xtube is certainly making a tidy profit as it relies both onsite advertising and product sales to improve revenues.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.