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Time Warner Cable’s Power of Porn: Playboy Channel’s Explicit Previews End Up on North Carolina Kids-On-Demand Channels

Phillip Dampier March 22, 2010 Time Warner Cable, Video 5 Comments

Young viewers whose parents subscribe to Time Warner Cable in parts of North Carolina got an eyeful last Tuesday when explicit previews from The Playboy Channel ended up on two on-demand channels dedicated to children.

For at least two hours, Kids on Demand and Kids Preschool on Demand accompanied its menu of available programs for young viewers with steamy footage of naked women pawing themselves and sharing explicit sexual fantasies.

One Raleigh-area family’s four year old made inquiries of his parents as to the reason why Tom ‘n Jerry also included naked women that morning.  Horrified parents called Time Warner Cable, but technicians still took some two hours before finally pulling the pornographic previews from the channels.

Company officials were apologetic about what they characterized as a “technical glitch.”

“We’re very, very sorry it happened – we know parents are concerned,” Time Warner Cable spokesman Keith Poston told several Raleigh area newscasts. “It was a technical malfunction that caused the wrong previews to be shown on our kids’ on-demand channels. Unfortunately it hit at the worst possible time on the worst possible channels.”

Time Warner Cable has had occasional mishaps with customers subjected to unwanted explicit programming.  In 2007, one Time Warner Cable customer wrote The Consumerist about receiving a recycled Digital Video Recorder box that contained the previous owner’s recordings.  His wife might not have been concerned if it involved several editions of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, but instead she found herself scrolling through titles including, Got Male, Foursome, and Hole Diggers (Part Two).  Thankfully, she found it before the kids did.

http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WRAL Raleigh Time Warner apologizes for porn mix-up 3-16-10.flv

WRAL-TV Raleigh interviews one North Carolina family who got more than they bargained for when tuning into Time Warner Cable’s kids-on-demand channels, and ponders why the company didn’t yank the channels after the first complaints arrived. (3 minutes)

http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WTVD Raleigh Playboy shown on kids channels 3-16-10.flv

WTVD-TV Raleigh explains how The Playboy Channel ended up on Time Warner Cable’s video on demand channels.  (3 minutes)

Currently there are 5 comments on this Article:

  1. anonymous says:

    I’m sorry but that’s really freakin hillarious

  2. jr says:

    TWC will say they have to increase prices to prevent this “glitch” in the future

  3. Michael Chaney says:

    Seems to horrible a coincidence…..I suspect a disgruntled employee

  4. Smith6612 says:

    Erm, ouch? Who could have missed over something like that for that long of a time? They definitely need to have better methods of safe checking these kinds of problems. Playboy definitely doesn’t belong anywhere near a Kid’s section of a program guide. The parents of the children who had this happen to them definitely have every right to be angry.

  5. Uncle Ken says:

    Maybe the US should stop being so up tight about it.

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