The days of utilizing premium cable to check out naked people appear to be numbered.
The Los Angeles Times reports that HBO is removing "late night" options from its streaming service, and that it will no longer air similar programs on its broadcast channels. Here's the scoop:
“Over the past several years HBO has been winding down its late-night adult fare,” an HBO representative said. “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.”
No one can deny that nudity is quite easily accessible these days... even during HBO's primetime hours.
Viewers who want sexually explicit video content no longer have to subscribe to a premium cable TV service as previous generations did. The internet has made adult content widely available to anyone with a broadband connection.
HBO developed and launched most of its adult programming in the early 1990s when the internet was still nascent and the network was not yet a major producer of prestigious scripted series such as “The Sopranos.” Soft-core films were so prevalent on its sister channel Cinemax, it was nicknamed “Skinemax.”
Ah, Skinemax... the memories are still strong.
The Times also notes that HBO’s premium cable competitor. Showtime, still carries adult films and reality series that run late night and on its “After Hours” streaming service.
Just in case you were wondering...