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Fewer people paying for television porn

Aug. 6, 2011 at 5:54 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Satellite and cable television companies blame declining earnings on a sharp drop in the audience for pay-per-view pornography.

Those who want to look at adult material can now find it on the Internet for free, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Time Warner Cable reported last week revenue from video on demand was down $14 million in the second quarter and said the fall in viewers for adult material was responsible for one-third of the decline. DirecTV said Thursday pay-per-view revenue was down in the quarter for the same reason.

"There's been a fairly steady trend over some time period now for adult to go down largely because there's that kind of material available on the Internet for free," Glenn Britt, chief executive officer of Time Warner Cable, said during a conference call on earnings.

While satellite and cable TV providers are typically unwilling to discuss the profitability of pornography, analysts say they have high margins and can often charge more for the content than other pay-per-view items.

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