Porn kingpin: Lack of exposure will kill Flash

Apple's no-Flash, no-porn policy could spell victory for HTML5

The name "Flash" may have greater sex appeal than "HTML5," but adult film heavyweight Digital Playground is reportedly embracing the latter as its content-delivery Web technology of choice. That may not bode well for the future of Adobe's ubiquitous Flash, as the porn industry has a track record for deciding the survivor of bouts between dueling technologies.

In an interview on ConceivablyTech, Digital Playground founder and director Ali Joone criticized Flash for bringing "everything to a crawl" on mobile browsers while draining battery life on devices. HTML5, meanwhile, runs very well on mobile, Joone says: "With HTML5, there is no reason to show our content in Flash."

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Joone's criticism certainly isn't new. You may have read similar complaints from one Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple. However, it's one thing for such criticism to come from Apple, which has a stake in the future life or death of Flash. Hearing it from an independent organization with a business that relies heavily on streaming video has a lot more oomph.

Interestingly, Apple has a hand in steering the porn industry away from Flash, according to Joone: Apple doesn't support Flash -- and it refuses to permit adult-oriented applications in the App Store. Thus, the only way for Digital Playground to deliver its steamy content to Apple users is via HTML5. Once the rest of the browsers of the world support HTML5, Joone said that Digital Playground will abandon Flash entirely.

Notably, Joone isn't the only guy out there predicting the demise of Flash. According to InfoWorld editor in chief Eric Knorr and blogger Neil McAllister, for example, it's no longer a matter of "if" so much as a matter of "when." Per McAllister, "It may be years before a completed standard emerges and even longer before the bulk of the Web-surfing public moves to HTML5-compatible browsers."

Who knows, though? Perhaps all that pent-up demand for quick porn delivery will speed up HTML5 adoption.

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