Amp’d Bankruptcy Hurts Mobile Porn — NYT

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The New York Times has drawn a fairly long bow by reporting that “Amp’d Mobile’s filing for protection from bankruptcy on June 1 may have one unexpected side effect: a delay in the introduction of sex-oriented programming on cellphones”. It notes that members of CTIA (effectively all the carriers) have agreed not to introduce adult content until age verification systems are in place, but Amp’d had discussed offering racy fare in an analyst meeting in March. Whatever will or may have happened in terms of Amp’d offering adult content it was never going to make or break the adult mobile content market — A delay of a service that would only be available to less than a tenth of one percent of the US mobile phones users isn’t going to have a major effect.

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Tom

Doesn't Amp’d lease it's network from VerizonWireless, who has implemented a closed-network; not allowing Internet downloads from sites like http://www.tomshark.com So it appears that if and when Amp'd starts offering mobile porn, Verizon will indirectly benefit through the increase in data network traffic, which equates to higher fees for Amp'd. I'm assuming that Amp'd fees are directly related to bandwidth usage.

eric

while some are going out of business, there are new comers like http://www.mobisex.com, the question is who will be strong enough to stay on the market and with which strategy ??

Rowdy

With or without wireless carriers mobile porn still exists. Last month MidniteMonkey.com launched their erotic mobile TV service. This month their private label program was launched at the Cybernet Expo. MidniteMonkey is now working with adult content producers to launch their own mobile adult content services. Placement on the carrier's wireless portals is great, but until the carrier supported age verification systems are in place, providers such as MidniteMonkey will deliver the goods!

Arturo Prospero

The elephant in the room question: when is any astute analyst or pundit going to make the call that Amp'd is dead, over, finito, off a cliff, tits up, pear shaped, road kill…and its "long-term, industry impact " (insert laugh track here) will only be in a punchline, footnote, asterisk… Amp'd 's collapse is like the local UPN affiliate in Tulsa Oklahoma on cable going out of business — no one will miss them. And their worthless, deadbeat subs…

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