Apple iPad gets soft-core porn via deal with Cinemax

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Steve Jobs has been fighting to keep officially licensed porn out of iTunes and off iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Now, via a deal to get the HBO-owned Cinemax content via their Max Go iPad app, you also get the clearly labeled "Max After Dark" content on one tab (you have to subscribe to Cinemax as well). Watch "The A-Team" then watch something like "The D-Cup Team" after. Really, their soft-core porn shows and movies are at about that level of cleverness.

Of course, many feel the biggest porn app on their iPad is labeled Safari. And some are arguing that Skinemax doesn't show porn, just shows and movies where people get nekkid. They act badly, but they do so while acting naughty, but not all that naughty.

Others feel this coarsening of the iPad means the vulgar hordes are ruining another part of life, and express dismay at Steve Jobs' decision. He fought against Playboy, he fought against over-sexed ads in magazines, but Skinemax tricked him with a lusty loophole. Hmm, another Skinemax series, maybe about lawyers?

Much ado about nothing

oh no it's not like how every smartphone/tablet in the world comes preloaded with a p0rn app? on the iphone it's called Safari, on androids it's called Browser, hell even my old N95 had it simply called 'Web'

Frank on 9to5mac.com

When the right amount of money is involved I don’t think Stevo will stick to those ideals.. never thought he would.

Jon Eubanks on gigaom.com

the reporter did not freak out because Apple allowed sex on iPad. the reporter (quite reasonably) freaked out because Apple showed themselves as open hypocrites - disabling porn when it did not bring them money, but enabling porn when it does (now that iOS has in-app purchase and Apple gets 30% of porn money).

Mike E on news.cnet.com

Not Apple's fault

If Apple wants Time Warner movies (Dark Knight, Harry Potter et al), Apple takes the HBO and Cinemax apps as is.

Erik Schwarz on gigaom.com

Apple has always stated that they support two platforms, iOS and HTML5. iOS is closed and HTML5 is open. Up until now, iOS was porn free. Perhaps that is now changing.

MacKirk on news.cnet.com

How is this any different from the Netflix app, which does not exclude movies with sexual content from its Watch Instantly offerings?

Robert Calise on gigaom.com

Old news

Late Night Cinemax are D-level soap operas with nudity. These are actors kissing and (sort of) dry humping. No one's actually having sex. Big difference when you consider shows like Cathouse -- available on the HBOGO Late Night section -- showing people actually having sex minus the "money shot". HBOGO also has Real Sex and Katie Morgan's Sex Quiz. Both shows centered around porn.

MarkyMark on 9to5Mac.com

They've had HBO GO for weeks, moron, showing just as much skin as Cinemax. Have you seen any of the most popular series on HBO? True Blood, Game of Thrones? Take your scarlet letter "c" and return it to the 18th century, please.

kdorje on news.cnet.com

Um, Google “Porn on Netflix” and you’ll find guides to the most explicit movies you’ll find on Netflix. This isn’t a new issue, nor is it a Cinemax only issue. Apparently, Apple (correctly, in my opinion) doesn’t care.

ST on gigaom.com

Who's waiting for this to make big, splashy national news again when some school buys iPads for students without adding proper controls? Will we hear the same arguments as before, or new ones?

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