The 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) is dramatically expanding its audience reach with the creation of a AVN-AEE Virtual Ticket allowing registrants to view and participate in the iconic Las Vegas event from the privacy of their own home.

A Virtual Ticket is $19.99 and available at Wicked Pictures exclusive contract star Jessica Drake and founder Jim McBride will be VirtualCast hosts alongside popular Midwest radio personality ROVER.

The VirtualCast of theAEE will originate from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, host of the 2012 AVN AEE and will run from 1:00pm, Friday January 20 until 1:00am Sunday morning, January 21 following Winner's Circle coverage from the AVN Awards Show and the official awards show after-party. The VirtualCast will feature coverage from exhibit space throughout the hotel, a private penthouse studio, nightclubs hosting after-Expo parties and from The Joint, the 4,000 seat theatre inside the Hard Rock Hotel; location of both the AEE Main Stage during the Friday and Saturday Fan Show and the AVN Awards Show on Saturday night.

Nearly every element of The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo will be streamed online providing the public with a rare look behind the velvet ropes of the adult entertainment industry. On Saturday night, virtual ticket holders will see exclusive coverage of the pre-awards AVN Red Carpet and post-awards Winner's Circle.

"Event technology now allows us to expand our unique environment to a worldwide audience that is otherwise unable to attend." said AVN principal Theo Sapoutzis. "This social-network-driven setting for virtual attendees, as well as for our exhibitors, is in keeping with our leadership in this industry's next evolution."

The 2012 Virtual AEE is being produced by Virtual FanFests, a Chicago-based company that produces fan conventions online within a pay-per-view environment. The Virtual AEE will include coverage from 7 cameras spread throughout the Hard Rock Hotel, private, public and moderated chat, downloadable material and easy links for e-commerce from AEE Exhibitors and Booth Sponsors.

"We are really just taking an event people want to see and making it possible for them not only to see it, but to interact with it, said Virtual FanFests co-founder Bob Snyder. "And with the accessibility our camera's will have, sitting privately by a computer watching hours of exclusive online content only, becomes an attractive way to take in the event."