Porn Industry Opts not to Flash, Backs HTML5 Instead

Paul Lilly

Steve Jobs, the proprietary pimp who refuses to back Adobe's Flash platform, isn't alone in his decision to get wholeheartedly behind HTML5. Joining him is Digital Playground, one of the major players in the adult film industry, which announced plans to kick Flash to the curb and get into bed with HTML5 as soon as desktop browsers fully sport the spec.

"We are waiting for browsers to catch up. As soon as they are ready, we will move everything to HTML5," said Ali Joone, founder and director of Digital Playground. While grateful for what Flash has delivered up to this point, Joone added that it was "just a matter of time" until Flash got pushed aside. "It's the next passing of the torch."

This latest development isn't without significant ironic undertones. Just over two months ago, Steve Jobs said that Apple has a "moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." The way it's shaping up, however, it looks like folks who want porn will be able to get it on their iPad, too.

Should Adobe acknowledge the announcement, we fully suspect the software vendor to downplay the situation, but this could turn out to be a huge development. Let's not forget that despite HD-DVD winning over consumer support with lower-priced hardware, Blu-ray ended up winning the high-definition format war, a victory that in large part was won because of the backing of the adult film industry.

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