TopTV outlines planned porn channels

2013-01-11 22:01
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town - TopTV has applied to Icasa for a licence to launch three pornographic channels in a new bouquet offered by the struggling pay-TV operator, namely Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice.

This is On Digital Media's second attempt to introduce pornographic TV channels in South Africa exactly a year after broadcasting regulator Icasa denied TopTV's first application.

TopTV is currently under business rescue according to the Companies Act and seems to now believe that porn will save it.

Porn to give TopTV fighting chance of survival

In its application letter, TopTV told Icasa that "we firmly believe that our ability to offer certain of our subscribers the channels that form part of this application would greatly help in our attempts to take the business to a sustainable future".

TopTV said it wants Icasa to licence the porn channels as quickly as possible to "give ODM a fighting chance of survival".

TopTV describes Playboy TV as "a 24-hour erotic entertainment service starring the world's most beautiful women".

TopTV describes Desire TV as "a brand-new, bespoke 24-hour adult service designed to appeal to men, women and couples. The service will showcase sensitive, erotic, and sensual driven sex scenes." TopTV says this channel will "only contain content that celebrates women, the human form and the act of lovemaking".

According to the pay-TV operator, Private Spice is "a 24-hour adult service" which will feature "beautiful women and stunning locations" and the channel reportedly "sets the standard of adult entertainment".

The channels are provided to TopTV by Playboy TV UK/Benelux Limited in England and uplinked through SES Platform Services in Munich, Germany to South Africa.

TopTV again plans to use a PIN code to block the separate bouquet from minors but this time wants to introduce a double PIN blocking mechanism.

Previous attempt

TopTV's porn plans in 2011 were met with huge public resistance. Scores of outraged TopTV subscribers cancelled their contracts and TopTV investors threatened to disinvest from the company.

All of it dented TopTV's public image and damaged its brand.

Read more about TopTV's second application for porn channels here

Comments

  • catgirl1971 - 2013-01-11 22:19

    Hope it gets turned down aghain! Idiots.

      parrie15 - 2013-01-11 22:27

      Shocking, what has the world come to!! Hope it never succeed!!!

      saintbruce.bruce - 2013-01-12 11:46

      All the thumbs down must be from the immoral minority. The definition of insanity is...... We don't need porn in this country, we need women to be respected as equals and not debased to mere sexual objects or the possessions of men.

      fascisti.liberata - 2013-01-12 11:53

      All of you IDIOTS here forget that anyone can access uncontrolled porn FOR FREE just by typing a word into google. You dumb ignorant fools. Teenagers have, at their finger tips, the LARGEST index of FREE UNCONTROLLED PORN. Its called GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH. Top tv's porn channels mean NOTHING in the face of what your kids already look at you numb skulled foolish ;oihAL'HG'shb'LHBÁLDKJ

      shaunisaac.malambo - 2013-01-13 11:42

      I already cancelled my toptv subscription, at the end of the day men, women and children will suffer if they're granted the licence.

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2013-01-14 08:51

      He will get a “standing ovation “

  • celeste.rsa - 2013-01-11 22:34

    Some fools never learn - this is the reason that they are in the dwang in the first place.

      Kirsty Lee Roodt - 2013-01-12 06:30

      exactly!!

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2013-01-11 22:45

    It should be renamed CockTV.

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2013-01-11 22:55

    Great! At least the channels don't feature Emmanuele!

  • byron.matthews.562 - 2013-01-11 23:21

    pre-paid porn

  • philemonmaepa.phatlane - 2013-01-11 23:32

    if not turned down,i will cancell my contract with Top tv immediately

      shaunisaac.malambo - 2013-01-12 13:03

      I already cancelled my TopTV!

      quentin.dupreez - 2013-01-12 22:01

      Good for you!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-13 18:35

      Why on earth did you subscribe in the first place..?

      piet.hannibol - 2013-01-14 13:52

      If not turned down I will buy a decoder 10 minutes after approvals - at the very latest.

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2013-01-12 00:11

    Porn will never save topTv all they have to do is get a supersport lisence and sell the bundle cheaper than dstv that's basically all they have to do the movies get rerun a million times and shows on dstv get rugby/cricket/soccer save toptv simple

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-12 04:48

      That's a Top idea but Supersport won't be that stupid. It's sport that keeps DSTV going.

  • Moses Ali - 2013-01-12 00:15

    no to porn

      Michael - 2013-01-17 09:55

      No to Moses Ali.

  • Phobos777 - 2013-01-12 01:03

    I hope this destroys them, disgusting!

      piet.hannibol - 2013-01-14 13:54

      I hope it saves them. I hope it saves your libido. Ugly people just HATE watching hot bodies screw on the tellie. But all these hypocrites will at the mere opportunity drop their skirts and morals and hump one of these too pretty for words porn stars. :-) Nuff said

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2013-01-12 02:01

    Wow. So many squares! If u don't like it, guess what... DON'T WATCH IT!!!!

  • pieter.visser.9883 - 2013-01-12 04:02

    Being ignorant and hoping that this type of t.v channels will never come to S.A is absurd. If not by Top-tv then it will be by someone else. Rather embrace the proposed control systems they promised ICASA. This will protect the kiddies and give us a choice.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-12 05:51

    Why not? It will be competition to Government, to see who can reduce the moral fibre of the country the fastest. If you can put up with the current degeneration of society, through legal means of corruption, fraud, and incompetence, surely hardcore porn should be like watching kidz TV!

  • Kwinika Masango Bush - 2013-01-12 06:23

    Top TV is sick, damn sick. Porn isnt the answer. NO to PORN - NO. i will never bring porn in my house -NEVER. they must go HELL.

  • Ciaran - 2013-01-12 06:25

    TopTV is desperate. Their CEO must be a pervert.

      brendon.nel.7 - 2013-01-12 06:59

      U must be a prude

  • ericalbullard - 2013-01-12 06:27

    The comments on this issue prove once more that this country has not & probably never will grow up. It certainly is not a democracy! No one using Top Tv, (like myself), will be forced to view these channels-and by the way, they are NOT porn-just erotic entertainment. What an uninteresting culture we are when we will not support anything that doesn't include the worlds 2 most boring sports-rugby & cricket!

  • eugene.mokoena - 2013-01-12 06:31

    i think this could really save toptv. Everybody stop bitching about how you don't want porn on tv! If you don't want the porn, its simple! Don't pay for it! And i have a feeling the people complaining are watching dstv!

      ian.robertreid - 2013-01-12 06:54

      No boy the people complaining have moral sane minds ~not a mind of a dirty sponge ok??

      james.bilsbury - 2013-01-12 12:08

      I agree Eugene! Sad people. Who cares.

      shaunisaac.malambo - 2013-01-13 11:45

      Well said Ian!

  • ntithose.ntuli - 2013-01-12 06:31

    y icasa dnt grant top tv the damn license. ? Nxa

  • louis.hager.12 - 2013-01-12 06:49

    Here's the real problem YOU DON'T HAVE SPORT CHANNELS thatcovers sports that your target market enjoys watching.

  • bra.tabs - 2013-01-12 06:54

    Clever move TopTV, u r sitting on a gold mine. The minority, intolerant, loud mouths that don't want porn, simple, shut up

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-12 06:57

    Take all porn off out TV stations this rubbish belongs down in the pits ok?? get a life B4 it,s 2late!

  • dienaakte.waarheid.7 - 2013-01-12 06:59

    It will be declined, because : a. Senior Anc members already started their own compay selling porn to the masses. b. The idiots in the public domain will cry their hearts out, not realising you can actually change the channel or NOT BUY TOPTV BOX SETS. Grow up people. I despise porn, thats why the parental controls are set on my Pvr and i force safesearch on IE. You will never stop it it, you can only control how it enters your home.

  • Mamello Meme Mohlauli - 2013-01-12 07:01

    it should be granted the licence, if one doesnt wanna watch then dont watch.

  • phello.neo - 2013-01-12 07:05

    My guts tell me that, those who say no to the proposed channels, they actually have piles of porn DVDs in their homes. Nowadays children have access to these things anyway so what's the point?

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-01-12 20:01

      That's like saying those who cry about rhino killings are involved in rhino killings, those who cry about crime are criminals, those who cry about the anc and its band of misfits are actually anc members, those who wish torture on pedophiles are molesters themselves, those who despise capitalists are capitalists themselves (actually, the last one might just be true if one looks at the tax declarations of Vavi, Zuma, Mandela (jnr), Malema, Shivambo, et al).

      dewaldmontgomery - 2013-01-12 20:02

      Sidenote: I don't care about the channels. Your children can watch xvideos or xhamster or porntube for free if they wanted to online. So as other users said, you can control it in your house, not in the outside world. Have fun.

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-12 07:09

    Controversial subject with divided opinion . It's not a necessary perversion as far as I'm concerned. In a new world, its doomed to fail and here's hoping it does.

  • simon.selahla - 2013-01-12 07:21

    That is why subscribers had to cancell their contracts because it want to corrupt childrens minds,Atleast I do not subscribe it other wise my kids are still young to can watch this scrab!

      wesselo1 - 2013-01-12 07:47

      Parental control function on decoder duh!

      simon.selahla - 2013-01-12 09:06

      Hey! Wesselo who told u that I don't know about parental control funtions, any way I didn't ask for your stupid opinion...

      james.bilsbury - 2013-01-12 12:11

      And no1 asked for yours either Simon!

  • markus.ippy - 2013-01-12 08:27

    Oh my god are you people really that prude ? Every kid has a cell phone these days and can watch hardcore porn without great cobtrol .If you have kids and are to dumb to control what they watch in your home just don't get the bouquet . Don't take the choices away from people that haven't been born with a chestody belt .i hate people that push their stupid believes on others

  • wendy.grant.94849 - 2013-01-12 09:00

    If this is their plan to attract more viewers then i hope they go out of business.

  • leigh.botha.5 - 2013-01-12 09:21

    How sad is this company that this is what it comes down to just to pick up sales or to lure potential clients!!!! Shocking

  • jayson.fonseca.3 - 2013-01-12 10:08

    Imagine the consequences if Iccasa grant them a license . the amount HIV/AIDS would increase 100 times, the teenage pregancy rate will be skyrocket ,the number of abortions will increase . The raping of babies,, minors an elderly will increase because young men will try and make this fantacy a reality immorality will increase and with all this the new loly launces will open and expose a lot of girls it may sound crazy or far fetch what i am saying but this will eventaully happens. So please Iccasa dont grant them this license they may have a pin but not all parents are responsible and no a days young people that are working can install their own Top TV and be expose to a whole world that will eventually kill them

      fascisti.liberata - 2013-01-12 11:49

      Jayson, you are the epitome of conservative south african ignorance. Go to any teenagers blackberry. Go to www.google.com and then search for 'hardcore sex'. You will be inundated (that means flooded) with FREE UNCONTROLLED PORN! All of you IDIOTS here forget that anyone can access uncontrolled porn FOR FREE just by typing a word into google. You dumb ignorant fools.

      bra.tabs - 2013-01-12 14:00

      Eer Jayson, which planet do u live in cos those things are already happening.

      bra.tabs - 2013-01-12 14:03

      Eer Jayson, which planet do u live in cos those things are already happening.

      bra.tabs - 2013-01-12 14:03

      Eer Jayson, which planet do u live in cos those things are already happening.

      Gemma van der Merwe - 2013-01-13 07:46

      @Jason Strange that you do not try to ban the bible as well. The bible talk about murder, in the most gruesome way, incest, rape, etc.

  • mmatzener - 2013-01-12 11:12

    Can anything be worse than the eTV porn ads......? and there is a deafening silence about them....!! Even if you are watching an ordinary movie on a Friday or Saturday night - suddenly they are there right in your face - without even asking...!! Well, maybe our jerk-off men will have something else to play with now !!

      Giel Bee - 2013-01-12 16:05

      sms' e la uporn to ..... Good point, and really it gets stuck in your head for ever, i cannot get rid of that voice after listening to it and now your comment just sparked it again sms' e la u ........ i'm losing it again.

  • christopher.a.pienaar - 2013-01-12 11:13

    Most people shooting this idea down, are the same people who watch this kind of stuff when they think no one is watching, hypocrites...... as for me, it really doesn't matter, the service will most probably be launched as a separate bouquet, so at the end of the day its up to the individual, and lets not forget the parental guidance locks.........

  • shaunisaac.malambo - 2013-01-12 13:03

    I already cancelled my TopTV! I'm so glad the best decision, I ever made this year. I don't support initiatives like this, sounds very sleezy. If you have a subscription with TopTV when their plans get approval & even if you don't have the "Porn Package". You promoting the rape and molestation of men, women and children in South Africa.

      Gemma van der Merwe - 2013-01-13 07:41

      How exactly? Do you know why people rape? It is not because of sexual desire. Rape is about power and control. Stop being so frigid

  • Fernandes44 - 2013-01-12 15:00

    Um if approved will be offered as a separate bouquet that you have to order over the phone and pay for other wise you won't see it so if you against it don't order it . I really don't see the problem

  • Fernandes44 - 2013-01-12 15:00

    Um if approved will be offered as a separate bouquet that you have to order over the phone and pay for other wise you won't see it so if you against it don't order it . I really don't see the problem

  • Leon - 2013-01-12 15:24

    What a sad bunch of people. It is ok to see a man get blown to pieces, head sliced open, guts splattered against walls bot oh dear, just dont show a naked woman or part of her. it is idiots like you that is fueling the rape and violence as it is shown everyday on tv. I would much rather sit and watch 2 people make love than 2 people beating the crap out of each other. LESS VIOLENCE!!!!! wake up people you have becoma so complacent with violence that is has become something of a norm and part of everyday life. sheez

      stacy.kim.988 - 2013-01-13 10:38

      Porn is just as bad as Violence! There is no justification for either of them!

  • quentin.dupreez - 2013-01-12 22:00

    Ban TopTV!!! One does NOT need porn to run a successful business or TV network... I say, take a hike...

  • tropiqueanna.eylande - 2013-01-13 14:39

    It's so funny; some of you are commenting on this story with sticky thumbs, jerking off to the idea of porn. Just because your parents called it love-making sex is sex...porn is that, but disgustingly artistic...to show some of you unabled how to do it. Top TV is doing what e-Tv has been doing, what M-net used to do. Remember Emmanuelle, it was free and all your kids used to wrap watches across their foreheads, reinacting the virtual Butterscotch scenes, and you stopped it, because you perverted parents used to watch it too. Now, TopTv wants to make money by having an (optional) bouquet service that will be child-proof, but knowing how easy cracking a 9digit combo, your child will hack it to try and find an alternative to mxit, google and toilet sites which are filled with free sex, streaming on the very same smartphones you dumb people have allowed them to have...Shut up!

      nervern - 2013-01-13 21:40

      Damn I love this comment lol.

  • nervern - 2013-01-13 21:47

    South africans are really stupid damn...ultra conservative bunch of people that dnt wana make them laaities see porn, when they already doing it on a daily basis. Lol. Damn the songs they listening to are more sexual then the bugger top tv will show. Stop tryna make like yall don't do it...and by the sound of it, it won't be hardcore porn.

  • russellblack.cowan - 2013-01-14 11:41

    Oh please man. People on this page need to wake up from the 1800s and come into the new age. When are people gonna realise that sex is not immoral. Most of you people opposing this are probably relogous bogots, homophobes and anti-abortion which means you are hyppocrytes. Actually, religious extremistism does more damage then porn in this world. ,crime,corruption,poverty, education (the lack there of), drugs and car accidents are the issues we should be worried about, not porn. As long as its not child porn, I don't care about top TV introducing a porn channel.

  • alan.berger3 - 2013-01-16 18:11

    What amazes me is that the family and priests want to ban pornography channel,, but when priests rape kids, nothing is said or done about the matter .It is a proven study that pornography does not entice rape,adultry,or murder... The family assocaiasion should rather worry about their own kids and the disipline this country so badly needs.You can steal, murder, rape, etc and most cases get thrown out of court.Makes you think. Alan

  • bollie.bol.71 - 2013-01-17 09:21

    I could be wrong, but top tv should increase their bribe to succeed

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