Porn TV to launch despite religious groups’ outrage
DESPITE the outcry from several religious groups, SA satellite TV service TOPTV will launch its 24-hour porn service next year. It said it would not budge on its decision.
Three adult channels, including Playboy TV, will be available on the stand-alone separate bouquet offered for R199 a month.
“The adult pack that is soon to be introduced on the TOPTV platform comes on the back of research that has found there is a viable market for adult content in SA,” said Melinda Connor, spokeswoman for TOPTV.
Connor said the identity of the other two channels in the porn bouquet would be announced closer to the launch time. She said the pay TV service would not budge from its decision to launch. “We have made ourselves available for engagement with these organisations and no one has come forward to have an open and frank discussion with us.
“We have issued various media releases and direct responses to most of the parties in question. However, it would seem their objections are not based on any of the information we have provided nor do they take such information into account.”
Conner said the groups had also ignored their calls for further direct engagement. “It is the right of all adults to view content of their choice in the privacy of their homes. It is a personal choice that consenting adults are entitled to make,” she said.
“Adult material is already freely available on cellphones, the internet and at specialist outlets.”
Marius Liebenberg, TOPTV senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the content would be available as a distinct, stand-alone package requiring a separate monthly subscription fee, and would not be integrated into the current bouquet of programmes.
Liebenberg said TOPTV had taken every precaution to ensure the content could only be accessed by people older than 18.
This included a four-digit PIN code to keep children away, and a secure method of delivery via a distinct pay-tv platform. Each time an adult channel was chosen, the secret PIN would need to be entered.
However, religious groups such as the Christian Family Policy Institute in SA are furious.
“The Christian denominations and church affiliations support the view that the broadcasting of hardcore pornography on television degrades and objectifies women and exposes children to harmful content,” said Errol Naidoo, director of the institute. “The broadcasting of pornography also fuels the sexual exploitation and abuse of women and children in society and devalues the family.”
Naidoo said the company’s assurances meant nothing.
“The reality is that most of the rapes and sexual abuse of the 55 000 women and 25 000 children every year is committed by Toptv’s primary target market, which are adult males,” said Naidoo.
“Millions of Christians will be encouraged to join the mass boycott of TOPTV by not paying their subscription fees and cancelling their contracts with the pay channel.”
Islamic organisation, the SA Muslim Network, said that it, too, would be boycotting TOPTV.
“Should TOPTV decide to continue with the porn satellite TV, we will be advising all Muslim subscribers to stop subscriptions to TOPTV…”