SA pay-TV to launch with porn for Christmas

2013-10-31 12:51
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – On Digital Media is relaunching TopTV as StarSat with the pornographic bouquet of sex channels from December in time for the consumer festive season.

The struggling South African satellite pay-TV operator received permission from the South African broadcasting regulator to broadcast pornographic TV channels at the end of April 2013 and will now start showing those from December when the TopTV brand is dumped for the new name StarSat.

The Playboy bouquet with an R18 rating supplied by Playboy TV UK / Benelux Limited in England will run from 20:00 to 05:00 daily with three channels, Playboy TV and the hardcore Desire TV and Private Spice.

The separate Playboy bouquet will form part of StarSat's new bouquet which China's StarTimes and On Digital Media (ODM) will launch together with a new high definition (HD) capable StarSat decoder.

StarSat won't be carrying any HD channels yet but will phase in HD channels and content over time. Meanwhile some free new TV channels will be made available on StarSat on the Variety package during the month of November without an additional charge.

StarSat a new start

ODM and StarTimes are looking for a new start with StarSat after TopTV was pummelled the past two years with bad press over customer service issues, billing system problems, a lack of sport content, a lack of HD channels and a lack of PVR roll-out despite initial promises, as well as the desire to introduce pornographic TV channels while ordinary TV channels kept disappearing which were never replaced despite promises.

ODM has been in business rescue since the end of 2012 and is waiting for regulatory approval regarding stakeholder shareholding changes following a bail-out by China's StarTimes which is getting a foreign effective 65% economic interest in ODM.

StarTimes, a Chinese conglomerate involved in digital television ventures across several African countries already, has already pumped more than R30m rand into ODM.

ODM will add a number of new TV channels like the newly renamed Nat Geo Gold to the new StarSat overall bouquet. The TopTV bouquet saw serious deterioration and atrophy the past year and a half with the loss of numerous TV channels due to financial troubles, debt and the breakdown of relationships with content distributors.

Comments

  • Chaze Damonze - 2013-10-31 12:54

    Now people are gonna complain instead of just not purchasing it... I'll just wait here

      Ed Gutsche - 2013-10-31 13:00

      wait for it...wait for it...all the good Christian 'moaners'...

      Compos Mentis - 2013-10-31 13:19

      also waiting patiently...

      Robert Sidney - 2013-10-31 16:32

      Oh, that is just UNCHRISTIAN!

  • Jay - 2013-10-31 13:21

    Desperate times call for desperate measures

  • Jaco Brand - 2013-10-31 13:28

    Im sure SABC is itching to see the numbers?

  • Malikah Bhayat - 2013-10-31 14:16

    And they question why our kids are raped and abused or why our little girls fall pregnant at 8. And they always shift the blame entirely to those WHO abuse rather than the parents (playing a role too) for having no control over what they allow their kids to watch or parents who are too weak to command or discipline our youth of today. No one condones violence in any form or kind but like charity begins at home so too does making sure our children are subjected or exposed but rather prevented from becoming victims of abuse by ensuring that what they're allowed to watch are also limited to but not excluded from participating in what's allowed for them.

      Nom Deplume - 2013-10-31 15:42

      @Nhlulo...to quote BA Barakas from the A Team..."pity the fool". You must have you own version of the bible, written by your own filthy hand from the deep recesses of depravity in your heart. How can you add "rape" into the Deut. Scripture and then call it "the source of rape"? You dont know for what purpose those girls in Numbers were kept. you just assume rape because of your own depravity. Your reference to should also indicate that Absalom was rceiving bad advice, from someone with a dark heart, like yours. I'm not even going to go into your Genesis references, because you are just plain ignorant - I don't want to give my pearls to the swine.

      SimonTempler - 2013-11-01 04:10

      Who knows the Bible and can quote scripture better than any being other than God? That's easy! Satan! And he inspires his followers. But he carefully fails to quote their mutual and final destiny. If I were you, Nhlulo, I would do some study in that direction. It's worth reading!

      Amu Sithole - 2013-11-25 20:59

      Parents stop whining and lead your kids by example and stop blaming everyone but yourselves!

  • Grant Logan - 2013-10-31 14:41

    You don't have to watch it if you don't like it. Have many kids have smart phones with internet access? Let me tell you a little secret you, children are already sending and receiving their private bits over bbm and whatsapp.

  • Kenton Smith - 2013-10-31 16:40

    It's about time we had the option to view adult channels in this country, those that don't want it don't subscribe, simple as that.

      Chris Van Der Burgh - 2013-10-31 20:26

      Kenton. What an absolute pitiful old man you are.

  • Kenton Smith - 2013-10-31 21:56

    It's called freedom of choice Mr Van Der Bergh, no one has the right to dictate to others what they may or may not view

  • Leon van der Linde - 2013-10-31 22:02

    Unfortunately Starsat won't also be able to launch a PVR as Multichoice has the monopoly to sell PVR's in South Africa an no other satellite TV or terrestrial TV organization may sell PVR's. Thus Starsat will go the same way as TopTV. Down the drain.

  • Craig Algie - 2013-11-19 15:09

    Given the proliferation of free pornography on the internet I have to ask why the idea of charging people to watch it on TV makes good business sense?

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