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TV Porn Sales Plummeting

Because that's what the Internet is for...
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2011 8:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Cable and satellite providers are finally admitting two things that should be obvious: 1). They used to make a lot of money on pay-per-view porn, and 2). They don’t anymore. Yesterday DirecTV admitted that “lower adult buys” were to blame for drops in pay-per-view revenue, and Time Warner last week revealed that declines in porn sales accounted for a full third of the $14 million hit it took in pay-per-view revenues, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Executives say the decline has been going on for years, but they’ve been loath to discuss how much porn contributes to their bottom lines. “It was the dirty little secret that nobody talked about,” says Vivid Entertainment co-owner Bill Asher. The reason for the drop off, of course, is the wealth of free porn online. Asher thinks cable providers need to counter with higher-quality smut. “I don’t think you want to get down in the trenches and slug it out with cheap porn on the Internet.” (Read more internet pornography stories.)

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