TopTV to sue over porn channel

2011-12-07 09:29
Pauli van Wyk
Johannesburg - TopTV wants to file a lawsuit against PSat and is accusing the channel of misrepresentation and abuse of the TopTV brand, said Marius Liebenberg of TopTV.

The channel has also applied for a licence from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) to broadcast three pornographic TV channels.

This follows African Satellite Installations (ASI) announcing the launch of a new local 24-hour porn channel in January.

If the launch goes ahead, South Africans will be able to see hardcore pornography from mid-January on the French Porn Satellite Television (PSat) channel by purchasing an extra decoder and smart card for R99, John Solomon of ASI advertised.

"PSat encourages buyers of the channel to disconnect their TopTV decoders (when they want to watch the PSat channel), but is not telling users that it's illegal. These actions violate TopTV's rights," said TopTV's Liebenberg.

According to Solomon, TopTV has no grounds for a lawsuit. "The French channel has been known in African countries for three years already and I don't need to obtain a licence for that. I am also only the distributor of the decoder and not the broadcaster or the owner of the channel.

"Various channels, like TopTV and PSat, rent space on the Astra 4A satellite. Decoders that are purchased locally, can only receive certain channels. All I do is sell a decoder that can receive those pornography channels."

Icasa's approval

More than 2 500 interested parties have reportedly contacted Solomon.

According Paseka Maleka, Icasa spokesperson, Solomon however, has cause for concern.

"It is not clear where these decoders are coming from. Icasa must approve the import of the equipment first before it can be distributed.

"In addition, Icasa has not received an application for a licence for the distribution of pornography from PSat. Because viewers must subscribe to the channel, it is subject to Icasa's approval."

Maleka said TopTV's licence to start broadcasting pornography has not yet been approved.

Professor Kobus van Rooyen of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) also said that all channels that are broadcast locally are subject to the commission's authority.

"Subscription channels broadcasting directly from overseas are not subject to such strict rules. There are, however, limits such as hate speech, explicit R18-sex and senseless violence," said Prof van Rooyen.
 

Comments

  • Jannie - 2011-12-07 11:38

    More sewer scum for South Africa, rape crimes, child abuse, sick minded people and just plain filth! SIS.

  • Preshen - 2011-12-07 13:37

    this porn issue is a hard matter to deal with

  • liza.opperman - 2011-12-07 13:38

    I think it is just disgusting that people would support any porn channel on SA tv, just shows you what type of people are running these organisations.

  • Alan - 2011-12-07 13:46

    Every home that has it should be labelled with a warning by law- something to the effect of "CAUTION - you are now entering premises where pornography is broadcast to" I'd like to see how many liberal subscribers there are then - they shouldn't have to hide the fact.

      andreas.sorensen - 2011-12-07 14:21

      You obviously have an internet connection. Have you ever, even just once, looked at material containing sex or nudity online while alone? Be honest...

      Alan - 2011-12-07 14:39

      Was I curious as a youngster - yes. Have I seen porn - yes, as a youngster. Do I go out of my way to browse and look for porn - no. Have I seen suggestive things - yes. Just watched Game of Thrones, but not for the sex scenes - I think they could have told the story without being that explicit. That's honest. If you're so ashamed of it then maybe you shouldn't have it. Honest enough?

      miss.pandalemming - 2011-12-07 16:37

      I know for a fact that if I had a warning like that at my gate, I'd have my teenage brother and his frineds over every day.

  • Marion - 2011-12-07 13:51

    Wonder how confident this guy is about creating a viable market as he only imported 5 000 decoders and so far he has only had about 2500 enquiries. Not many in the grand scheme of things.

  • newelld - 2011-12-07 13:58

    I really don't get the issue if it's properly controlled. Like TopTV said, their channels would only be available IF you decide to sign up for it. And even then, you still have to get access to them and every time you want to watch there is a password you need to enter. So there is no chance children would be able to get access... Unless you specifically pay the extra R99 or whatever it is, you wont even see the channels on your decoder, let alone be able to access them! And it's everyone's RIGHT to decide what they want to watch on TV, there's no reason that a porn channel should not be allowed as that would be infringing on freedom of choice. If somebody wants to watch porn on TV, why should they not be allowed to?

  • Donald - 2011-12-07 15:43

    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!

  • Claude - 2011-12-13 19:27

    Liza Opperman and like minded... Get a life hey. No1 is forcing you hypocrites to subscribe. Yes... SUBSCRIBE... It's not free to air like all these damn religious channels thats being forced on our telly.

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