HBO has quietly removed erotic adult movies and television programs from its channels and streaming services, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The move means that “racy reality shows such as ‘Taxicab Confessions,’ the documentary series ‘Real Sex’ and ‘Cathouse,’ which chronicled life in a Nevada brothel, and specials featuring adult film star Katie Morgan are no longer available to HBO subscribers,” The Times reports. “The adult feature films are gone as well.”
“Soft-core erotic movies and sexually explicit unscripted programs had long been a staple of the premium cable channel, which became part of AT&T in June after the company completed its acquisition of HBO parent Time Warner Inc.,” the report adds. “While adult content might not have been a favorite of the new, strait-laced owners, HBO said the decision to move away from the programs preceded the AT&T deal as they had become less popular.”
The report quotes an HBO rep saying: “Over the past several years HBO has been winding down its late-night adult fare. While we’re greatly ramping up our other original program offerings, there hasn’t been a strong demand for this kind of adult programming, perhaps because it’s easily available elsewhere.”