TopTV proposes double PIN to block porn

2013-01-16 14:15
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – On Digital Media (ODM) plans to introduce a double PIN as a security measure to prevent access to under-aged viewers for its proposed porn bouquet on its TopTV pay-TV service.

ODM said the erotic sex channels it hopes to broadcast will feature programming that will carry a restriction of "at least R18".

During TopTV's previous application a year ago, which was eventually denied by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), TopTV proposed only a single PIN for TopTV subscribers to access the pornographic content.

Icasa initially denied TopTV's application partly because TopTV failed to appear at the public hearing to answer any of Icasa's questions regarding how the security and PIN system would work and be implemented.

'Sufficient to protect children'

The struggling TopTV, currently under business rescue under the Companies Act, has launched a second attempt to introduce a trio of titillating channels as a separate bouquet which the pay-TV operator believes will bring in the money.

TopTV wants to launch the three TV channels, namely Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice as soon as possible.

"All the material will be blocked with a double layered PIN," said TopTV in its new application.

TopTV wants to run the porn channels for 24 hours a day in South Africa, although broadcasting regulations don't currently permit that.

TopTV argues that to only run them "between 20:00 and 05:00 will not be suitable and/or appealing to the majority of the audience interested in the content".

"It will not be practical to only schedule some of the material outside of the watershed period as all material will be of an adult nature," said TopTV.

According to the broadcaster, all programmes on the erotic channels will carry a restriction of "at least R18" and the programmes will only be viewable "once the subscriber has inserted the double PIN mechanism."

Public feedback

"We believe that the creation of a double PIN block with an automatic block on all content will be sufficient to protect children against exposure to material suitable to adult audiences.

"ODM can only go so far in its endeavours to protect the rights of children and to ensure that no unwanted influences are made available to them in the critical developmental stages," said TopTV.

The South African public and all interested parties can comment on TopTV's porn channel plans with correspondence to be posted to:

Ndondo Dube
Broadcasting Licencing Unit
Licencing and Compliance Division
Block D, Pinmill Farm
164 Katherine Street
Sandton
2196

Alternatively,

Private Bag X10002
Sandton
2146

Via e-mail: pndube@icasa.org.za

Or fax 011 566 3200
 

Comments

  • tim.gordon.5011516 - 2013-01-16 14:25

    Good grief! People need to get real. Kids don't need to worry about pins to access porn. They can simply type Porn in Google and away you go. Parents need to do their job and teach kids what's good and what isn't. End of story.

      shaun.malambo.9 - 2013-01-16 19:36

      Judging by your comment you clearly don't have any kids, then again only a mommy's boy still watches porn. Only when you see life coming into this world you as a father, your senses of appreciating life kicks in. Good luck little Tim(my).

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2013-01-16 20:08

      Ah yes, Shaun, one of those who believes that raising a child is not his responsibility, but rather the authorities who must ban and shield him from everything. You can blame anyone you want, but if you brought a life into this world then it is your responsibility to teach it right from wrong. Good luck to you too - you need it more that I do.

      Vishen - 2013-01-16 22:01

      Screw the porn bouquet, bring back channel 205!!!

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2013-01-17 08:22

      Dam now I have to remember to pins

  • de.stig.9 - 2013-01-16 14:27

    im cool with double pin

  • ursula.thyssen - 2013-01-16 14:39

    Why worry about pins..Kids having sex at early stages already...Why must we pay for porn on tv..more ideas for rapist to rape and murder our kids...Keep your double pins TopTv...

      lydonmcg - 2013-01-16 14:57

      Then how about YOU don't pay for porn and leave those that want to to do so in peace?

      Bob - 2013-01-16 15:20

      Lol it's a seperate bouquet you genius! If people don't want to watch it then they just don't subscribe to it.

  • mizzsaville - 2013-01-16 15:08

    YAY FOR ALL-DAY PORN!

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-16 17:31

      hear hear!!

      shaun.malambo.9 - 2013-01-16 19:38

      YAY FOR ALL-DAY STD's!

      iamtoo.smarteskse - 2013-01-16 21:30

      Shaun, only you can get a STD from watching porn... Wear a glove next time or at least wash your hand

      james.m.turner.35 - 2013-01-16 21:41

      Jesus Shaun, I want to drib you so bad bro. Lights out.

      shaun.malambo.9 - 2013-01-17 09:05

      @James Turner, I hope you don't play golf, we don't need another news headline.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-16 15:13

    I see a huge market for huge condoms to cover tv's that kids may not watch.

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-16 17:31

      Ok, that's funny.

      iamtoo.smarteskse - 2013-01-16 21:31

      @Booby: in what world?

  • Bob - 2013-01-16 15:24

    It's incredibly easy to access such content on the internet so what's the big deal? They think that since their application was denied last time they'll just add an extra layer of pin code and all will be honky dorry, nevermind not attending the necessary public forums etc.. Jesus, it's no wonder they're already on the brink of collapse.

  • brian.dlamini - 2013-01-16 16:23

    If u worried about ur damn kids, don't subscribe!! Just like most of us don't have the Bollywood banquet that DSTV offer, u don't hav 2 hav a top tv porn banquet. It's ridiculous though that people feel the need 2 determine other's entertainment with the stupidity of worrying about kids who hav BIS and surf porn online everyday

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-16 17:34

      You are soooo correct. As long as it is normal erotic stuff, no minors involved, no bestiality and other illegal stuff, let's have the possibility for people to subscribe. If you like this, and you are 18+, why not? You don't like, don't take the bouquet, easy.

      lovell.trevor - 2013-01-16 19:26

      The problem comes in when my kids visit a friend's house who does have access to the channels. I cannot shield my children from porn, obviously. But I fail to see why I should make it easy for them to access. It would be as good as condoning it. My kids will probably come into contact with open material at some point but I'd like to think that I gave them sufficient sex ed for them to be able to decide that porn has no place in society. It's connection to serious sex slavery and human trafficking make it abhorrent. Imagine your daughter is kidnapped, drugged up and made to take part in this seedy business. I assure you you won't look at the women in those movies the same way every time you imagine your daughter's face on that screen, faking her orgasm to prevent being abused by her masters. Yeah, that's real entertainment.

      iamtoo.smarteskse - 2013-01-16 21:33

      @lovell: exaggerate much?

      lovell.trevor - 2013-01-17 08:04

      @lamtoos, sadly no.

  • bobby.rosewood.1 - 2013-01-16 17:39

    If it works, I'll take it. Lovely start of a steamy evening with the girl.

  • sharmay.thuynsma - 2013-01-16 19:11

    Doesn't matter... your reputation for being a sleazy (as well as useless)broadcaster is set..

      shaun.malambo.9 - 2013-01-16 19:40

      Finally a comment I can relate to.

      louiseroger.higham - 2013-01-18 06:27

      Agreed

  • lovell.trevor - 2013-01-16 19:18

    ""ODM can only go so far in its endeavours to protect the rights of children and to ensure that no unwanted influences are made available to them in the critical developmental stages," said TopTV." Surely, it's best bet would be not to screen the porn channels in the first place. That way they could save on the money it would cost to implement the double pin system.

  • sarah.j.long1 - 2013-01-16 19:24

    I agree with a ouble pin. A person has a choice whether to watch porn or not. All those people who want bycott TopTV are ridiculous. Don't force your ideals on others!! I have been a Top TV subsciber for 2 years and really enjoy their line ups. If porn channels are going to save them then I say go for it!!

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-16 20:01

    Simple if TopTv lose a couple more subscribers, then they go under. And end of porn tv at the same time. You have the power to choose.

  • jacqui.grigg - 2013-01-16 20:33

    Each to their own. Live and let live....but everybody is belching bile and going ape over a TV station broadcasting porn, forgetting that it is your choice to get the set top box and dish that goes with it..or not. I've not seen anybody protesting about a Luvland opening in their suburb. Also. Teen pregnancies are on the decline because tween pregnancies (10 - 13) are on the increase and government ok-ing consensual sex from as young as 12...and all that BEFORE a porn channel. Just saying.

  • brent.bartlett.98 - 2013-01-16 21:39

    Clearly Top TV is desperate to be making ridiculous proposals like that. better they go under than be allowed to broadcast porn.

  • jairaj.sureschandra - 2013-01-16 22:30

    What's so good about watching porn. Get in on the action. Stop watching and be a player .....That's a better way to get there ...... No subscriptions .....

  • Mikalos2012 - 2013-01-17 14:40

    What do you when find the porn dvd under his bed, inside his school bag in between the books? Dnt ask me what I was doing there....

  • Kwajo.m - 2013-01-18 00:21

    Today is a big day for Toptv. It's either make it or break it. I will be watching the space. Good luck.

  • Mark - 2013-01-18 09:23

    There are easier and free ways to tackle the menace of unwanted content on your PC. I use Qustodio which has features that beat even the paid apps out there. It's free and you can block sites with minimum manual intervention. It also has a great reporting feature allowing you to view data for the last 30 days and I can actually watch the profile pictures of people with whom my teenager son chats with on Facebook. Just Google for it.

  • zuko.mqolo - 2013-01-18 10:59

    Its about time reali I see no problem in doing that can't blame besides the will be a double pin block so its up2 u no 1 is forcing any1 in watching porn

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