No porn for prepaid TopTV subscribers

2013-03-14 15:10
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – TopTV has said that their prepaid subscribers will not be able to gain access to it's bouquet of porn channels, and that it will only be made available to contract subscribers.

The pay-TV operator is currently arguing its case before South Africa's broadcasting regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), at their head office in Sandton where the struggling South African pay-TV operator's public hearing over its "authorisation for channels" request is underway.

The struggling On Digital Media (ODM) which runs TopTV, and which is currently under business rescue according to the Companies Act, applied for a second time to broadcast three sex channels as a separate bouquet.

TopTV launched a prepaid offering in 2012, saying its targeting the large unbanked market segment and people who don't always have money in the bank accounts at the end of the month when debit orders has to go through.

Verification process

Pornographic subscription channels are however a huge driver of pay-TV revenue for pay-TV operators elsewhere in the world who do carry them, and subscribers pay a premium for access to these sex channels which carry a high age restriction and which operators don't usually advertise as openly as their normal bouquets and channel line-ups.

"ODM has systems in place in order to verify that all new subscribers to these channels are over 18," TopTV said in its presentation to Icasa.

If their bid is successful, all prospective subscribers to the porn bouquet will have to fax or email a copy of their ID to TopTV who will then verify their ID with the department of home affairs. Customers will also have to provide their banking details to TopTV which will also be verified.
 
Should they get the go ahead, TopTV will to broadcast Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice with a rating classification of R18 to its customers.

Broadcast to fall in watershed period

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

Initially TopTV put to Icasa that it would not be "commercially savvy" to only broadcast the channels during the watershed period which falls between 20:00 and 05:00, but has since changed their minds in their latest submission.

"We acknowledge that there is genuine public concern about the protection of children from viewing adult TV content," said Eddie Mbalo, the acting CEO of TopTV.
 
"Even though we have strict mechanisms in place to give parents full control over the access to these channels, as an extra precaution we have made the decision not to broadcast adult material outside the watershed period, when children are likely to be awake," said Mbalo.

Comments

  • Michael Freiheit - 2013-03-14 15:23

    Surely there can't be a market for porn still? With the ease at which the women give themselves over for a sexual thrill, why would any guy still be watching porn? There is a whole country out there filled with women who have no respect for themselves! This very news24 site is littered every day with posts by those women approving of a promiscuous society and freedom to have sex day in and out.

      Ryan Holland - 2013-03-14 15:47

      Surely there can't still be a market for your special brand of prudery?

      Mark Smith - 2013-03-14 16:33

      @archmichael - Seems like you have an issue with women in general. Remember it takes two to tango.

  • RM Elegant - 2013-03-14 15:36

    In my teens my folks would fall asleep watching the Telie by 9pm, leaving us to change the channel (mostly they'd be watching CNN) to whatever we wanted. As much as I think top tv should be allowed porn packages, the timing really doesn't have much of an impact

      Zuber Khan - 2013-03-14 15:41

      i think its a good move not 2 allow porn if we want our kids 2 have good values

  • Katie Botha - 2013-03-14 15:39

    Was this not going to be a christian based tv service

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-03-14 15:44

    Yho

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-03-14 15:54

    The same difference

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-14 15:55

    school kidz make porn videos themselves,whats the point?

  • Brendon Nel - 2013-03-14 16:02

    If u don't want it don't apply for it and if ur kids watch it, its your fault as a parent for not blocking it

  • Brendon Nel - 2013-03-14 16:06

    If u don't want it don't apply for it and if ur kids watch it, its your fault as a parent for not blocking it

  • Jonathan Meyer - 2013-03-14 16:34

    They provide a service, you're not forced to watch it.

  • Renate Brown - 2013-03-14 16:42

    Pornography is so degrading to women, it sickens me. If you don't want it, don't subscribe. Somehow I don't think that TopTV will make much money off their porn channels. That being said, any person with a smart phone or computer (which is something most kids have these days) have free access to porn on the internet.

      Wessel Oosthuizen - 2013-03-14 17:12

      Degrading to women? None of the porn I watch degrades women. O yea, I only watch gay porn!

      Mailie Marshalls - 2013-03-14 19:04

      ""Pornography is so degrading to women"" - another fat chick with sexual hang-ups from her childhood

      archmichael - 2013-03-14 21:13

      Even though those girls have themselves to blame for it, I actually concur.

      Renate Brown - 2013-03-14 22:18

      @Mailie - I guess porn and a blow-up doll is your only companion.

  • Deborah Lee Wortmann - 2013-03-14 16:48

    Why would anyone subscribe to such smut, don't think it is going to be the saviour they think it is!

      Rachell Lass - 2013-03-15 07:29

      I find it strange and twisted that you use the word "saviour" (sic) in a comment about porn. WTF ? On the subject of TopTV, I believe it is my democratic right to watch whatever I want to, whenever I want to and I don't need society telling me what THEY think is right or wrong. Let them have a license, FFS. There are far worse things happening in this country to be worried about a little bit of what comes naturally for most people, available on the telly.

  • Tumelo Thomas Makwela - 2013-03-14 17:31

    What kind of society do we want to raise, exposing them to such dirty programs? Im totally against it...

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-14 18:22

    I pray and hope that God sticks His hand out and slap the porn industry into the ground so hard it will disappear forever. This is absolutely disgusting! Another step down the drain... closer to our already rotten core.

      Johnny Potatoes - 2013-03-14 18:35

      What's disgusting about it?

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-03-14 18:34

    Mbalo, think about the potential victims of sex crazed maniacs out there as well. How can you continue fighting for your channels when all this rape and abuse is going on? You have no soul!

      Mailie Marshalls - 2013-03-14 19:25

      There is no proven correlation between Porn / Rape and abuse. It's a 40 year old myth and excuse used by woman that have sexual hang-ups and deep psychological problems. If you Husband or Boyfriend does not want you any longer it's because you are old, fat or hung-up - get over it_Thats life

      archmichael - 2013-03-14 21:21

      Then how do you account for the increasing sexual abuse/rape committed by CHILDREN against CHILDREN? Did we not recently have a news article(publication from Britain) on this news24 as well which discussed over 5000 sexual offences committed by over 4000 children in a 3-year span, children as young as 5-years old? I'm sure you have friends or even you yourself go around bragging about losing your virginity at the magical age of 9. What is the reason behind that? It all starts somewhere. They'll watch the porn(Like they've been doing for a while) and soon the pictures/videos won't be good enough. Next they'll approach their little sister and start suggesting a "Show me yours and I'll show you mine" game, which would only quench his "hunger" for a certain amount of time. Soon he'll want to start touching, if refused, he'll start forcing himself onto her. Next thing you know, his first rape victim is his own little sister. Then a friend of hers and then and then... No correlation? Is that really what you tell yourself to paint a rosy picture on your perverted preferences? Makes you sleep better at night? "Well, after watching that violent porn, at least the studies done over the last 40-years is a myth". What an idiot.

  • Adam Moloi - 2013-03-14 19:10

    Agee, who will subscribe just for porn? Even the most desparate will just buy a dvd...

  • Randall Justin Coetzee - 2013-03-14 19:12

    So this is the things people believe on news24... When lady gaga was here there were several people saying... NO! She'll expose our kids to satanism... Then when linkin park was here some said NO! Rock and tattooed singers are gonna mess up our youths mind, we don't want them listening to all that screeching! And now... PORN=RAPE... Stupid is all that I can say. Grow up, self-proclaimed therapists.... The whole lot of you have problems

      archmichael - 2013-03-14 21:22

      And then you woke up.

  • Mailie Marshalls - 2013-03-14 19:13

    Oh G0D !!! We are so sick of comments from fat old ladies with sexual hang-ups.Buy yourselves a copy of 50 Shades of Gray to get off on, after all it's considered old ladies porn.

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