December 03, 1999 08:09am
Hot Networks Confident Supreme Court Will Strike Down Adult Entertainment "Signal Scrambling" Law
Source: ENTERTAINMENT WIRE
by: Company Press Release
(SHERMAN OAKS, CA) -- William Asher, President of The Hot Networks, a division of Vivid-on-Demand, Inc., has issued a statement regarding the proceedings this week in the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Section 505 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (United States. v. Playboy Entertainment Group, No. 98-1682). The Hot Network and The Hot Zone are the first and third largest revenue generators respectively among adult pay-per-view movie networks.
Mr. Asher said: "We are confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will act appropriately and uphold the previous ruling by a three-judge panel that found unconstitutional Section 505 of the 1996 law regarding scrambling of adult programming. We admire the determination by Playboy Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: PLA - news) to get this section overturned and support the company's contention that it is regulatory overkill. We are impressed that Christie Hefner is carrying on the tradition of her father by standing up for the right of adults to have access to lawful material in the comfort of their home. The Hot Network and The Hot Zone take seriously our obligation to protect children by providing strong barriers against access to adult material by minors. Additional blocking devices are readily available if parents choose to have them installed by their cable operators."
Vivid-on-Demand, Inc. is a unit of Vivid Entertainment Group, one of the world's leading producers and distributors of adult entertainment for personal consumption in the home. The Hot Network and The Hot Zone, launched in March and June of this year respectively, already serve a combined total of 22 million addressable cable and satellite homes.