Home » Time Warner Cable »Video » Currently Reading:

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.

Search This Site:

Contributions:

Recent Comments:

  • JD: CLEAR has without a doubt been the absolute BEST internet service I’ve ever (and I’ve used several ISP’s since 1991) used, PERIOD!!! Will Sprint ...
  • Jason: I agree, cap to limit congestion is a lie. So with capping everyone you have high congestion for the first two weeks of the billing cycle then it fal...
  • Jason: I work from home and I'll be damned if they are going to charge me any fees or cap my usage. Just wait until Google fiber comes to Phoenix and the ex...
  • chris: was just curious to what cox had to say about all this cash cow bussiness and heres what they told me Thank you for choosing Cox Communications....
  • Joe V: I hope the people of New Jersey are happy. They voted for Chris Christie and this is exactly what they got....
  • Susan: After diligently watching my credit score for over a year and how negative as well as positive postings affect it, I have a hard time believing that o...
  • David Therchik: An intense investigation needs to put into this! As soon as one starts I bet they'll stop charging/cheating people from over usage. Before they bought...
  • Charles Bingham: I did but customer no service was no help - said it did no good to have pass word with symbols, cap and small letters and #'s. IF only I had an alte...
  • Phillip Dampier: That assumes this customer had access to a working usage meter and notification messages and ignored them. Evidently it was big enough of a problem fo...
  • Are you kidding me...: "Over the years" people are using the internet differently. If your bill went up, you have usage. Responsible would be calling and talking to them ab...
  • Charles Bingham: Actually my usage has decreased over the years as I sold my business and only kept the internet for a few tax returns that I still do, no employees no...
  • Are you kidding me...: This entire article reeks of "poor me, I'm a victim and I can't be responsible about my own Internet usage, my own bills or my own actions." Grow up....

Your Account: