Sidestepping Ofcom…Porn makers Marc Dorcel court TV manufacturers to bring hardcore onto TV

Posted: 12 April, 2012 in Sex on TV
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Panasonic TX P42G30B 42 inch Internet Ready FreeviewFrance based Marc Dorcel is the first adult channel provider to go connected with TV’s with built in Internet TV capabilities.

None of the parties wants to go on record, but behind the scenes talks are going on with all the major consumer electronics manufacturers to bring adult apps to their smart TV sets. Broadband TV News understands that at least one more provider wants to go connected.

The question remains if the new services will also become available in countries where access to hard porn channels is limited due to local censorship.

In the UK, the two major platforms, Virgin and Sky, only offer soft adult content, although legally they could distribute and sells more explicit channels that are licensed in another European country such as the Netherlands.

By signing deals with TV manufacturers, hard porn channels could sidestep the censorship associated with cable/satellite and legally become available in the UK, both in linear and on-demand form, but this requires active participation of the consumer electronics industry.

So far, the industry has been careful. The Marc Dorcel on-demand content is available on Panasonic connected TV sets with Philips, Samsung and Sony to follow soon — but only in a limited number of territories. Now other providers of hard adult content might be more adventurous by starting to offer access to streaming channels.

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