TopTV promises 'African porn'

2013-03-13 15:50
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – TopTV plans to offer new porn productions which are commissioned in Africa if its application to broadcast a porn bouquet is approved by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).

TopTV will appear before South Africa's broadcasting regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) in a public hearing which anyone can attend, starting at 09:00 on Thursday, 14 March at Icasa's head office in Katherine Street, Sandton.

The struggling TopTV, currently under business rescue according to the Companies Act, wants to introduce a trio of sex channels exactly a year after South Africa's broadcasting regulator denied TopTV's first application.

TopTV's continued efforts to launch their porn plan has been met with public resistance which has dented TopTV's public image and inflicted reputational damage on the struggling pay-TV operator's brand.

TopTV is also looking for investors to save it with a much-needed cash injection to recapitalise its ailing operation.

TopTV to talk

In its application to the regulator, TopTV's CEO Eddie Mbalo said, "Our ability to offer certain of our subscribers the channels that form the subject of this application, would help greatly in our attempts to take the business to a sustainable future."

TopTV plans to talk during its presentation on Thursday, something which TopTV refused to do in its public hearing a year ago, after which Icasa also denied the "authorisation for channels".

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.

On Thursday, TopTV will have half an hour from 09:30 to make its case for porn broadcasting.

Illegal

TopTV is proposing a double PIN system for its separate bouquet of sex channels but all TopTV subscribers will be able to see and have access to the trio of sex channels on TopTV's on-screen electronic programme guide (EPG), giving all subscribers access to the channels' show titles and programme synopses.

TopTV says the EPG information will be "watered down".

In its application, TopTV says the Desire TV channel will have content from several porn studios "with new productions commissioned in Africa".

The broadcasting of pornography on television is South Africa is illegal. The South African Film and Publication Board (FPB) told Channel24 that the overall commitment should remain to "protect children from such content and not to have minors exposed to such material. We believe this type of distribution [through television] has the potential to expose children prematurely to adult content.

"With pornographic content as such, people have the right to view such content, but it can only be distributed by licensed distributors at specific businesses and the law still applies in that regard."

Comments

  • Gail Rieck - 2013-03-13 15:59

    Gee haven't we got enough sexual deviants in this country? Do we really need to encourage this???

      clyde.kati.thomas - 2013-03-13 16:18

      yes because you believe all rapists have access to tv??? are you kidding me??

      Matt ClassWar Trotsky - 2013-03-13 16:24

      So when are you going to start picketing every Adultworld and all the other shops where porn can be bought over the counter?

      Zip Reeper - 2013-03-13 20:22

      BEE porn actors? that takes the cake! ha ha.

      Mattewis Kat - 2013-03-14 12:21

      They can now change their name to TwatTV and it'll better describe the rest of their dismal bouquet as well! Two birds with one bone! Seriously though, I don't think you need worry too much yet. At the present rate I cannot see TopTV surviving 2013. Their material is not only a rather poor contrivance of pathetic drivel, but to add further insult to injury, shown at repetition at a rate to that would put DSTV to shame. Unfortunately MultiChoice probably know this seeing as they've unashamedly jacked their premium bouquet price to R625.00 p/m!

      Deon Naidoo - 2013-03-16 00:22

      The way most of url carry on like url dnt watch or have sex...and if it does get approved url will be the 1st to have the channel at home we do need a change in what we watch instead of the repeats dstv shows and I know most of the married couples with love sum porn so to hell with all the haters out u go top tv

  • Mphotant Thelejane - 2013-03-13 16:08

    Yooh yooh umbhebho waya waya?

  • WHMuller - 2013-03-13 16:13

    African porn eh? As if European porn isn't bad enough...

      Dewald P Montgomery - 2013-03-13 21:00

      Ja man, imagine the kinky titles! "Blacky's Pinky" - or is it "Pinky's Blacky"...

  • Sean Potgieter - 2013-03-13 16:14

    Enough sickness in this country already. Sorry TopTV, just because you clearly didn't do your market research before entering business, doesn't mean you can start offering this trash to compensate. There is a refuse bin for all the companies who didn't plan.

      jeremy002 - 2013-03-14 06:37

      I agree. Everything has a place. All you have to do with this one is pull the chain.

  • Treatwell Trey - 2013-03-13 16:25

    Is it gona b Soft porn or Hard core? I'm just asking for a friend ;)

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-13 16:39

      LOL!!!!

      PlayNice - 2013-03-13 17:11

      Lol-would that be mans best friend, not the dog.

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-03-13 16:29

    TopTv should rather focus on fighting HIV/AIDS...

      Minyangu Type Junior - 2013-03-14 04:40

      It for u to fighting HIV for your self not TOPTV,there for Buzzness!

  • HenriLeRiche - 2013-03-13 16:29

    Just what the number one rape country in the world needs...(I'm sure there will be new rapists born wanting to try out fantasies they saw on TV) I'm all for porn, but in civilised countries where most men know how to control their urges. South Africa is not on that step of human civil evolution yet.

      Fther Christmas - 2013-03-14 12:24

      Your brain certainly hasn't evolved. I'm guessing these bold statements of yours are borne out by years of exhaustive research? And not just sucked out of your thumb to impress the 70 yr old virgins who think sex is evil...

  • Mmabatho Mashilangwako - 2013-03-13 16:36

    some of yall are just pretending like porn is dirty but when you alone you watch it!

      PlayNice - 2013-03-13 17:09

      At least you admitted you do.

  • williamwamala.nsubuga - 2013-03-13 16:37

    Why are you people against porn? There is a segment of our society that wants to watch it, after all they will be paying for it. It really a question of choice? FYI for those who are against porn Watch eTV on Friday night after Midnight, you will be surprised at what will be showing!!. Did ETv get a license to show Porn? or we are just practising double standards.

  • joshua.t.thomson - 2013-03-13 16:54

    Porn is awesome. STFU

  • Ferdi Preller - 2013-03-13 16:59

    Its free on the internet! Pft!

  • Peasant McPoor - 2013-03-13 17:07

    They should call it Topless TV.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-13 17:11

    12 year old are having access to free porn site from these blackberry phones we buying for them .... maybe some youth who are sexualy active can get employed as actors and actresses should studios be set up to produce African porn movies for TopTV in South African...pornography is multibillion dollar industry anyway....

      Dewald P Montgomery - 2013-03-13 21:02

      Just too bad it's a capitalist enterprise. The bunch of Commies in this country will go ballistic. Not the mention the yellow green and black bandits' "womans" brigade...

  • Jacyjay's Letsoalo - 2013-03-13 17:29

    I am against this proposal but I believe it is too late cos porn is accecible everywhere and I differ for only one reason and that is now porn will be available to a broader market in homes. However, I think it is too late to try to be smart and holier than though as if sex is a dirty thing. Remember Rape isn't sex but a violation of sex. Unless we all believe we were made from Sand because as I can remember when I conceived my kids I had sex. To others porn is like reading an encyclopaedia, or the good book. Come on, unless some of us would claim we haven't had sex in our lifetime then I will agree with u all in totality. A lot of us who claim to oppose this channel u would find we have more than 6 kids which simply mean we did have sex. The arguments should be just to make sure that this channel is strictly regulated and monitored. There was once an advert for Martini which showed a naked woman. Lastly, our kids already know sex sites on their fones so it is a matter of being holy and eating the forbiden fruit

  • Skrywer John Murray McKay - 2013-03-13 17:35

    Excuse me Miss Molefi but I am a lost Bafana player.I'm terrible in the box. Could you show me how to score? Laduma!

  • somikazi.pita - 2013-03-13 17:35

    If you want to watch porn, watch it. If you don't to watch it, don't watch.

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-13 17:36

    For the thirsty ones!

  • Paulson Meziri - 2013-03-13 17:39

    45,000 school girls was impregnated in Ghautain schools last year aloan, so we may have up to 3 millions all over SA. After Topless TV porn lunch next year we wl take the trophy because it wl reach may be 12 - 15 million. UP SA.

      iNJBL - 2013-03-14 08:20

      Where on earth is ghautain? I only know Gauteng!

      Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2013-03-14 10:35

      I googled the name ghautain and google responded'"never heard of it"....................

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2013-03-13 17:39

    The comments here are SO funny and varied. I do admit I've watched porn - I was exposed to it as a teen. Remember Emmanuelle on E-TV?

      Timothy Smee - 2013-03-13 21:39

      I do remember Emmanuelle and I remember girl talk and the sex files:creating the perfect man wow!!! Some classic porn titles E-tv had over the years no wonder people watched ETV and not Sabc they wanna have sex not commit murder.

      Kearabetswe Kgosi Matome - 2013-03-13 23:43

      Young Thandu & Timothy, Emmanuelle is "classic" porn ? Yeah right - it's only interesting in as far as explaining why - when the original showed at Sun City in the 80's - so many conservative types flocked there. You want to talk classic porn then any 70's 0r 80's SCANDANAVIAN blue movie will do :). C'mon guys - did you ever discover some long forgotten/ lost porn collection ? ? ? ?

  • Suffer Kate - 2013-03-13 17:46

    Gross! Puuuuuke!

  • Martin Pearce - 2013-03-13 17:54

    Is this the ONLY way to get enough subscribers? Will you repeat the s.o.s day after day, night after night like the other pay station? Just stick your porn application where the sun don't shine. (Oops that's porn in its own right) Damn, now see what you've got me saying.

      PlayNice - 2013-03-13 18:11

      lol!

  • PlayNice - 2013-03-13 18:09

    O look, the perverts and paedophiles are thumbing comments down that don't agree.:-)

      PlayNice - 2013-03-13 18:24

      It won't work any Hew, dstv subscribers won't change just for porn, e-TV has porn and guess what? No one likes e-TV. if approved it will be limited and the same as e-TV, top-TV is going down (not the porn way) just down!

  • anele.mveku - 2013-03-13 18:57

    What is it with top tv nd this porn proposal of theirs ?

  • Janet Butler - 2013-03-13 19:11

    Eish! Is this a marketing ploy - lmao....

  • sello.r.molefe - 2013-03-13 19:11

    Lol A bit of steam on Telly won't hurt...

  • Jason - 2013-03-13 21:10

    TopTV was a bad idea to begin with. Do they really believe that people are going to subscribe just because of a porn channel? A desperate bid to attract desperate people, destined to fail. Perhaps if they focussed on a good spread of proper content they could attract the thousands of people disgruntled with DSTV. Quite a shame.

      Minyangu Type Junior - 2013-03-14 04:48

      Subscribe or leave it ! It your choice,no one can force u to be part of it!

  • Minyangu Type Junior - 2013-03-14 04:19

    We all welcome it! Is not toptv can stop this young girls to be Pregnant,is too late to stop it! We young SA we know more than what Toptv will show us! Let Toptv do his buzzness!

  • Minyangu Type Junior - 2013-03-14 04:30

    Stop also ETV for the saturday nite porno movies! Why only TOPTV? It time for Buzzness! Just leave TOPTV alone! We all need itwhat about internet and Cell phones,BlackBerry and laptop

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-03-14 06:03

    MANDINGO!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-03-14 10:23

    African porn?. I thought porn was porn.

      Paul Kershaw - 2013-03-14 15:06

      When you've gone black you'll never go back.....??

  • Tawizee - 2013-03-14 10:52

    Sorry, I won't be subscribing to your crap TV. I already have enough porn from internet.

  • Kopano Tsiki - 2013-03-14 11:52

    OMG JUST QUIT TOPTV, you guys need to close shop

  • Richard Zanner - 2013-03-14 11:55

    This country is sex mad as it is. Do we need to spice it up some more.

  • bmaestro - 2013-03-14 12:54

    porn is the last thing we need here in south africa please,infact we don't need it at all,so pack your bags and leave top tv mxm

  • Paul Kershaw - 2013-03-14 15:04

    The Spear will rise again.

  • del.pearson.98 - 2013-03-15 00:34

    There are no morals left in the world, that is why it is in such a state. Pornography sucks, where has true personal and exciting intercourse gone. Man is sinking lower and lower. If you want porn go to the numerous sex shops and share with those like minded.

  • Ntokozo Prince Kunene - 2013-03-21 14:31

    THE THING THAT TOPTV HAVE TO DO IS TO ADD SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL MATCHES NOT TO BROADCAST THIS SEX OR PORNMOVIES

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