Technology is rapidly changing the face of our world, and the adult entertainment industry is no exception. Cam sites and virtual reality adult films are two of the biggest topics in adult entertainment technology today. Seeing an opportunity to adapt the gentlemen’s club experience to the home market, Don Klienhans founded LVNetworks.com, which provides live streaming of a gentlemen’s club’s main stage and dressing room and allows patrons to tip dancers from the privacy and convenience of their own home.
C.J. Asher – Don, thanks for taking the time to talk about LV Networks. Tell me a little about yourself.
Don Kleinhans – I’m fifty-one years old, born and raised in conservative St. Louis. I attended Lutheran High School South then went to barber school and at twenty-two I moved to Clearwater Beach in Florida.
C.J. Asher – So, tell me a little about LV Networks and your in-club stage and dressing room live video feed systems.
Don Kleinhans – LV Networks provides a turnkey complete Club Cam System that takes a strip club’s main stage and dressing Room live via HD Streaming to a paying membership via the internet. Members can tip and make it rain in real time to performers.
C.J. Asher – What is your title and job duties with LV Networks?
Don Kleinhans – My title would be original founder of the company and the overall concept. Job duties best defined as trying to keep it all together each day and grow the concept with our excellent in house team and greatly enjoy doing it!
C.J. Asher – What first prompted you to start LV Networks?
Don Kleinhans – We were also in the adult retail space for twenty-seven years with a chain of adult stores and watched the Internet pretty much stop the “bricks and mortar” business model in its tracks. That motivated me to jump online.
C.J. Asher – What was your first visit to a gentlemen’s club like?
Don Kleinhans – First time to a strip club was for my twenty-first birthday party. I looked around at the money being spent and decided right there and then I needed to get in this business.
C.J. Asher – What experience did you have in the gentlemen’s club and adult entertainment industries before founding LV Networks?
Don Kleinhans – My brother, father and I had two adult retail chains XTC Supercenters and Pure Pleasure Megacenters throughout Florida and the Midwest. In addition, we’ve had numerous bars and nightclubs through the years. I created an ownership group and bought 2001 Odyssey Tampa in 1995.
C.J. Asher – How much does the LV Networks cam system and software cost for clubs and other clients?
Don Kleinhans – One of the cool things about our system is that there is no upfront cost to the club operators. Our tag line is “you supply the club, we supply the software.” We take this approach to make it easy on the clubs front end to get up and running and to create a successful long-term relationship via a monthly percentage of revenue split.
C.J. Asher – How does adding cam systems to the in-club stage and dressing rooms, then broadcasting those feeds through the internet, bring value and add revenue to an existing club?
Don Kleinhans – Adding our system brings added value to the club via added online marketing exposure and online revenue. Potential club patrons can see the club and its performers prior to heading to the club in person, plus the club nets 60% of all monthly membership revenue and 30% of all tips and “Make it Rain” sales. Our LV Networks handles all hosting, software management, merchant account and check cutting.
C.J. Asher – How do the dancers make money from your system?
Don Kleinhans – The dancers earn a clean 40% Net of all proceeds from tips and make it rains.
C.J. Asher – How does your website boost the marketing efforts of the clubs that have your system installed?
Don Kleinhans – The live camera streaming feeds can be added to your existing bricks and mortar club informational website providing excellent added content that greatly increases your club’s online marketability.
C.J. Asher – How does your content enhance the gentlemen’s club experience for the patrons?
Don Kleinhans – Patrons physically at the club can actually jump on their mobile phones or tablets and tip or make it rain to their favorite entertainer on stage in real time while in the club or from off premise. Patrons can jump online at any time and check in on their favorite club and entertainers to watch live shows or prerecorded VOD.
C.J. Asher – What clubs are you currently working with?
Don Kleinhans – LV Network’s live Club Cam Systems is currently operating in Mons Venus and 2001 Odyssey full Nude Clubs.
C.J. Asher – How do you compete with some of the larger cam websites with a more personalized, one-on-one experience such as Chaturbate.com?
Don Kleinhans – The huge difference in our system is that our live streams actually broadcast from “real” strip clubs featuring “real life” full nude strippers that you can actually go to the clubs and meet the performers and get a full friction in person dance! Try to attempt that via one of the other live cam sites.
C.J. Asher – What is your most popular content among gentlemen’s club clients and website customers?
Don Kleinhans – Our full screen true HD main stage feeds and chat to stage is our most popular content.
C.J. Asher – What types of dancer privacy issues do you have to contend with when it comes to installing webcams in dressing rooms at existing clubs?
Don Kleinhans – We had some of the top adult industry attorneys create the legal side of our live streaming concept. All entertainers and club staff on the premises sign all the required documents to be featured online including but not limited to 2257 and model releases.
C.J. Asher – What future services and revenue models are you developing that we can look forward to seeing in the near future?
Don Kleinhans – We are currently in development of a fully immersive virtual experience of the 2001 Odyssey club that will be featured in numerous existing virtual worlds where our live feeds are featured for viewing and tipping from all the avatars of those virtual worlds. Plus, each “real live performer” will have their own likeness presented in avatar form…. pretty exciting stuff!
Form more information, Please contact Don Kleinhans at Don@LVNetworks.com.