Broadened The Cable TV Market

Cable television created a multimedia platform that brought near-limitless content to everyone’s home. But before companies like Time Warner racked up subscriptions solely on the basis on carrying XXX-rated channels like Playboy and the Spice Network, there was Manhattan Public Access Cable—a provider in the 70s that managed to increase subscriptions from 100,000 to 300,000 after airing two seasons of an adult program titled “The Ugly George Hour of Truth, Sex and Violence”. In 1999, DirecTV sources disclosed the revenue of customers who brought adult movies, estimating up to 150 million spent by 8 million subscribers.

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