TopTV jumps on porn bandwagon

2011-12-05 16:19
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – TopTV has big porn plans, with the pay TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) wanting to offer three porn channels to South Africa TV audiences.

ODM, TopTV's operator in South Africa, wants to run at least three pornographic TV channels in South Africa and has applied for such licenses at South Africa's broadcasting regulatory body.

This news comes as Porn Satellite Television, or PSat, plans to pump a hardcore pornographic TV channel, French Lover TV, into South Africa from CanalSat in France from January.

PSat is targeting TopTV subscribers because PSat is using the same Astra4 satellite in space that TopTV satellite dishes are already aligned and tuned to.

Henceforth TopTV subscribers would only need to get another decoder and smartcard but no new dish installation.

Illegal

PSat's service is illegal since neither PSat or the channel have been licensed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The authority regulates all signals available within South Africa irrespective of where it originates from.

Meanwhile TopTV's own titillating TV plans are in stark contrast to CEO Vino Govender's promise 18 months ago when TopTV launched in May 2010 that TopTV will not be offering porn to subscribers.

Although TopTV considered pornography before launch, ODM eventually opted not to carry it.

Now TopTV has applied to Icasa to run three such adult television channels.

ODM's "application for authorisation of channels" was published in the Government Gazette on November 17.

The South African public had two weeks until December 1 to comment on the application.

TopTV confirmed to Channel24 that the pay TV operator has the "intent to broadcast adult content on these additional channels," and that it will "only be accessible as a secure, encrypted and separate subscription package on the pay TV platform."

TopTV said "there is a definite market for adult content and channels among South African television viewers".

Icasa responds

Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka told Channel24 that TopTV "has applied for three video channels.

"The application is currently under view. It's for adult TV content and the authority has not yet taken a decision.

"There might be hearings, we are busy with the process.

"We are still waiting for comments from the public and stakeholders. Then we will look at all the submissions and there could be a public hearing," he said. 

TopTV shocked

In a press release issued on Monday, TopTV said it is "shocked" by the "implied association with PSat.TV".

"TopTV would like it placed on record that it is not currently nor has it been in the past, in any discussions with PSat.TV regarding an adult content channel to be carried via the TopTV platform, nor is it in any way associated with PSat.TV," said the statement.


Comments

  • Kathleen - 2011-12-05 17:26

    With rampant rape, particularly of young children, the last thing this country needs is porn, soft or otherwise. What is wrong with men that they have to watch others perform sex - are they not capable themselves?

      Sheik - 2011-12-05 17:33

      Rape is rampant because the South African Government is not committed to the people or their safety. They only play lip service, and thats where it ends.

      Phoenix - 2011-12-05 18:05

      It may come as a shock to you, but WOMEN also watch porn!

      Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-05 18:35

      Kath, Kath, Kath...1st of all ur TV has a remote that u can use to change channels (Choice1), 2ndly u cand decide nt to buy the decoder (Choice2), 3rdly u can also decide to filter channels that ur children can watch, and that my darling is Choice number 3....the other thing, rape is already rampant as u rytfully say, and TV has nun 2 do with it, its the effd up society that we have normalisd that is a problem...so b4 we go all moral, ask urself on whose principles r ur morals based, yours or the ada person's?....im in no way 4 ths move, bt at the end of the day we live in a democratic country were ppl have choices

      Michael - 2011-12-06 09:50

      Kathleen - do a bit of research BEFORE you paste non-sensical trash here - it is a fact that in the Benelux countries the incidense of rape are the lowest in the world - now go and ask yourself why - if you need me to explain - I'll paint you a picture so get a life already. PLEASE.

      Fatty - 2011-12-06 10:03

      Aren't most rape cases in SA done by men who can't afford porn, computers or sat TV?

      Chantelle - 2011-12-06 15:46

      um.... no... 1stly, in my opinion, most rapes are done by those who cannot afford such luxury as satellite. 2ndly, women watch porn too. 3rdly, almpst every person in South Africa has a cellphone or some sort of access to the internet - so accessing porn has been there for years and years. much easier via internet on cellphone than to buy a satellite to watch it.

  • Selwyn - 2011-12-05 17:27

    And that is the reason why I cancelled TopTV and moved back to DSTV!!!

      Chantelle - 2011-12-06 15:47

      really? thats the reason?

  • Gavin - 2011-12-05 18:01

    Top tv isn't making money and they think the best option is to plaster porn onto our screens.You will make money,because there are so many men that are sex addicted that they will install Top tv just to watch porn.This world is sick instead of fixing things up its becoming worse.

      Charmaine - 2011-12-06 19:54

      There is nothing wrong with this world, God created it in Perfection, it is the Evil Human Beings that are messing it up. With this Porn comes more sexual crimes and more evils. God given gift of communications are being misused by Human beings.

  • Leonard - 2011-12-05 20:24

    Imagine paying for something that for free on the internet???????

      Michael - 2011-12-06 09:52

      The only down with the computer screen is that when I watch on plasma it is almost life size!! Including the bits and pieces! Wow man!

  • kobus.otto - 2011-12-05 20:49

    http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/biblio/articles/1961to1999/1999-pornography-rape-sex-crimes-japan.html

  • Corrie - 2011-12-06 17:52

    What now ??? WHAT IS MORE SAFE GAMBLING ONLINE (IS NOT LEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY) OR PORN.If porn can be legal on TV,Why can't online gambling be legal.

  • Donald - 2011-12-07 16:02

    I really do not understand all the hype. This is OLD news. Porn has been available in SA for YEARS via satellite. I bought a decoder, dish and a 2 year subscription a few years back from a distributor in Randburg and had PSAT beamed into my home. I received the French xxx porn channel FreeX that is broadcast for Africa. I was disappointed in the porn televised as it was mostly bad quality and the content of it mostly reflected the demographics of Africa, for whom it is naturally intended. It really was not pretty. Rather go down to your local adult store and buy a Bluray of the porn of your choice. I did not take out another subscription. This is a hurricane in a teacup, really!

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