According to the New York Post, Berth Milton, CEO of Private Media, wants to open as many as 100 sex hotels in cities around the world where guests could stay for free - if they agree to have sex in front of Web cams. Their sessions would then be
broadcast on the Web to subscribers, the story says.
The hotels would be luxury hotels.
Milton believes porn fans will pay to watch amateurs having sex. He estimates that subscriptions could bring in about $44 million annually: The
important thing is to go all the way - not halfway or a third of the way.
Milton researched the concept by visiting more than a dozen swingers clubs around Barcelona, the story says: It has to be a hotel for non-swingers as well -not super
explicit where everybody's running around naked. That takes the style and class out of it.
The U-Haul truck that pulled away from a nondescript Center City office building Wednesday night was packed with at least 81 boxes of evidence collected from one of the country's most successful providers of online adult videos.
remains: Evidence of what?
Paul Fishbein, founder of AVN Media Network assumed that authorities had launched an obscenity investigation.
He described Richard Cohen, owner of the raided companies, as a really good customer and a friend.
This guy runs a legal business, he employs a lot of people, he pays his taxes. He does everything you're supposed to. He said Cohen puts up "every wall he can" to prevent children from viewing his sites,
Andrew Miller, an
attorney for Cohen, said that he could not discuss the raid and that neither Cohen nor anyone associated with this matter would comment.
FBI agents, state troopers, and the Philadelphia Police Vice Unit spent most of Wednesday raiding
Cohen's companies, National A-1 Advertising and National A-1 Internet. The companies provide Internet sex videos and telephone sex chat, and own domain names such as hotmovies.com and escorts.com.
Some of the boxes the agents removed were labeled
operator/chat logs. Others were labeled to indicate they contained evidence from hotmovies.com, which provides videos on demand.
Fishbein said he had not had a substantive conversation with Cohen since the raid and did not know what
authorities were seeking. He said Cohen was not connected to prostitution, as some media outlets have reported: He's not running girls, I can tell you that.
The Association For Television On Demand (ADVOD) has confirmed a series of senior appointments as it takes over video on-demand regulation from Ofcom.
Ofcom has now officially handed over statutory powers to independent body ATVOD for supposedly
light touch regulation of online video, including all consumer protection standards and guidelines for taste, decency and sponsorship requirements.
In response, ATVOD has restructured its operation. Former deputy chair of Ofcom's consumer
panel Ruth Evans has been appointed to lead the organisation as its new independent chair.
Aside Evans, the five-strong ATVOD board includes former Channel 4 News editor Sara Nathan, Advertising Association chief executive Tim Lefroy, ASA Council
member Nigel Walmsley and broadcasting compliance specialist Ian McBride. Sky's Daniel Austin, BT's Simon Milner, Virgin Media's Simon Hunt and Five's Chris Loweth will provide the ATVOD board with an industry perspective.
The organisation has
further hired Pete Johnson as its new chief executive, after he previously managed VOD and packaged media regulatory policy for the BBFC.
This is a landmark moment for video on-demand services in the UK which offer programmes that are
comparable to those shown on traditional TV channels, said Johnson, who will outline ATVOD's regulatory policy on March 25 at IPTV World Forum: On UK services, children will be protected from the most extreme content, and for the first time use of
product placement and sponsorship will be subject to controls and restrictions.
Recent Ofcom research suggests that there are around 150 operators on the UK market that meet the statutory criteria for providing TV-like VOD services. All
providers must now contact ATVOD before April 30 to outline their service propositions, with any firms meeting the criteria required to pay a fee based on the overall cost of regulating the sector . ATVOD said that it will soon launch a six-week
consultation with Ofcom into the fee structure, in which all stakeholders will be able to have their say.