Online porn gives no love to Time Warner

Time Warner profits going down because of Web porn

By , ITworld |  IT Management, Time Warner

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Cable companies rarely talk about their porn profits, so when All Things D reported "Time Warner Cable's Porn Problem: It Isn't Selling Enough" people paid attention. The money shot was quoting Time Warner CEO admitting part of the reason their VOD (Video on Demand) profits are down is "largely because there's that kind of material available on the Internet for free. And that's pretty high margin." He also admitted TWC's porn profits have been sinking for a while.

All those quotes from cable companies saying the Internet isn't cutting into their business are now seen for what they are: fantasy. The Internet cuts into every digital product delivery business, period. But rarely do cable companies, or any mainstream media company, admit they have even heard of the porn business.

Giggling regularly, users have commented with varying degrees of taste. We cleaned up a few comments for you here.

That's business, TWC

Cable TV porn (other than softcore stuff that might already come with a channel like HBO) doesn't even begin to make sense as a market niche anymore, and I'm surprised it's lasted this long.
iamcuriousblue on allthingsd.com

It doesn't matter what niche of the business world you are in, If you are complacent you will be passed by.....
rjsp1 on cbsnews.com

The term is called "Free Enterprise" for a reason, if a company wants to offer a product for free with advertising, then they are allowed to do that. Other's shouldn't complain.
jmailbox on cbsnews.com

TW has been losing customers and are doomed to lose more as people reject their pricing, limited offerings for the money and incessant self-promotion commercials. Apparently, even their porn is low quality if it can be beat (no pun intended) by free Internet stuff.
argueifyoumust on news.cnet.com

Who uses cable for porn?

are you kidding me? the porn per view on my TW box is $17+ for rental not $10 or $11. I am NEVER going to pay that much ever for porn.
BrianDane on news.cnet.com

I certainly don't want to see watered down Cable porn, edited for community standards, and at an inflated high price....when I can see the REAL thing on the Internet.
TexasPatriot1 on news.cnet.com

I think part of the issue is that no one really wants to pay for 60-90 minutes of a porn movie doe the 2-3 good parts that they want to watch (and can replay over and over again on the PC). Not that I would know about any of this.
Chet on allthingsd.com

Who pays for Internet porn?

There's also the fact that many of the screen names and passwords for this type of content is widely available in google searches. Chances are you end up getting the paid content for free anyways. I think they need to come out with 3d porn or something, as it is, paid porn is just not worth what is used to.
lil-yankee on news.cnet.com

Another market that doesn't embrace the times. Maybe TW should stream to browsers instead of the TV... for smaller fees.
Ganymede26211 on news.cnet.com

Raise your hand if you feel sorry for Time Warner. Anybody? Please? Anyone? In the back? No? Anyone feel sorry for the big cable company?

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