TopTV must register to air porn

2013-05-02 17:41
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – On Digital Media (ODM) which runs the struggling TopTV satellite pay-TV service in South Africa, will now have to register as a porn purveyor broadcasting sexually explicit content, says South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB).

South Africa's broadcasting regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) last week approved ODM's application for authorisation for a trio of sex channels as part of a separate porn bouquet.

According to the FPB, "distributors of sexually explicit content which may be classified as X18 must register with the FPB and must also be holder of a licence to conduct the business of adult premises (broadcasting)".

TopTV wants to broadcast the three TV channels – Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice - as a separate bouquet and with a rating classification of R18.

The 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.

StarTimes saves TopTV

It was reported earlier that TopTV will effectively be taken over by China's StarTimes after 99.3% of shareholders and creditors voted in favour of the bail-out of the beleaguered South African pay-TV operator.

TopTV would have gone dark and the service suspended on Tuesday night – one day before the struggling Woodmead-based pay-TV service's third birthday – if shareholders did not agree to the StarTimes business rescue plan offer.

On Digital Media (ODM) also saw late bids on Sunday from Dynamic TV which was backed by millions from pay-TV platform MultiChoice which is TopTV’s rival, as well as the Wananchi group from Kenya also running a successful pay-TV service, Zuku.

With its business rescue plan adopted and StarTimes ready to flush cash into the loss-making TopTV, StarTimes and China is getting its first – and very important – foothold in South Africa, the continent's most sophisticated, developed and most lucrative satellite pay-TV market.

Comments

  • Squeegee Pilot - 2013-05-02 18:09

    They can't show porn in China, but are willing to buy a porn channel here...

      Jack Frost - 2013-05-03 07:19

      Government living off the proceeds of prostitution and porn! As long as tax is paid, anything goes, unless you're Gupta, then anything goes anyway!

      Selwyn Lloyd - 2013-05-03 09:58

      SQUEEGEE that is not true, porn is alive and open in China. I also thought it was banned there but sadly not. I still believe even with the take over TopTV will fail, hope it does IF the porn is to be shown!

  • Jason Thomson - 2013-05-02 18:52

    Our countrys moral fabric is disintegrating...

      Kurnel Sol-Tie - 2013-05-03 08:34

      Why don't you gods fracking cry about it! Would you rather the Cylons took over? Do ya? Maggot!

  • Bradley Benson - 2013-05-02 18:55

    Let them broadcast from waterkloof airport

  • Philemonmaepa Phatlane - 2013-05-02 19:34

    porn on tv?disgusting.that is my reason why i left dis Top TV last month for Dstv.

  • Sibusiso Zungu - 2013-05-02 19:37

    I think we need to control the influx of porn dvds being sold on street corners without a care in the world who the buyer is. We need to control the content on dstv especially the children channels. We need to ensure that all content providers, including dvd sales, take full responsibility of their content and its impact on society. Stopping one side of the problem and turning a blind eye on the rest will not yield positive results. Lets protest against freedom of expression without responsibility and see if that will fly with everyone or are we applying our famous double standards again?

  • Thabo Matlala - 2013-05-02 19:50

    If this is a form of a marketing strategie!! realy IT is stupid!

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-05-02 20:42

    As is there's not enough porns in this country, i mean porn is displayed around round town on our walkways , but as if that was not enough they bringing it to our homes - Stupid idea i hope nobody subscribes to this nonsense

  • Piet Pompies - 2013-05-02 23:12

    if you have top tv. cancel it right now. just turn off your tv for crying out loud. for the same price you can get uncapped adsl and stream ANYTHING you actually want to see off youtube all month long, and all the porn to your hearts content. DON'T SUPPORT THE CHINESE. THEY WANT TO DOMINATE YOUR LIFE. Communists don't come and then leave... They invest to own.

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