DirecTV Drops Spice HD
Just because viewers weren't applauding doesn't mean they weren't watching...
The following is from today's TV Predictions newsletter:
Since the launch of High-Definition TV, experts have differed over whether the adult industry would be helped or hurt by the ultra-realistic picture. Some have questioned whether porn fans would want to see the facial flaws (and other shortcomings) of their favorite performers.
Well, DIRECTV has apparently determined the answer is no -- at least for now. The nation's leading satellite TV service has dropped the Spice HD channel, which was available to its subscribers for the last two years.
DIRECTV spokesman Robert Mercer tells TVPredictions.com that Spice HD was dropped "in order to reclaim capacity for other programming -- a variety of sports, events and movies."
High-Definition TV channels require more capacity than a non-HD channel, perhaps as much as seven times. However, DIRECTV aired Spice HD only on the weekends after midnight.
DIRECTV launched the adult high-def channel a few hours after the 2004 Super Bowl. The channel, which was sold in three hour blocks for $14.99 per block, offered adult films from Spice and its parent, Playboy TV.
DIRECTV's decision to drop Spice HD was done quietly. The channel is still promoted at DIRECTV's web site.
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