LONDON — The continental adults-only TV channel Eurotica Rendez-Vous plans to take the British government to court after being blocked from broadcasting via satellite to the U.K.
Although other European adult channels — such as Red Hot, Erotica and Eros — have been blocked from the U.K. in the past, this marks the first time the British high court has allowed such a service to apply for judicial review.
Eurotica Rendez-Vous requires a specific smartcard to decode, hardware now made illegal by the government’s department of culture, media and sport (DCMS).
The channel — parented by Danish Satellite Television and repped by the Luxembourg-based Rendez-Vous Television Intl. — is seeking a ruling that the DCMS has acted unlawfully and outside its jurisdiction.
Chris Smith, the government’s culture secretary, said: “We are determined to protect children from satellite pornography and my message to pornographers is clear: We will not tolerate material such as this on our television sets, and the government will not hesitate to take action again in the future.”
Unlike many countries in Europe, Britain allows only softcore fare to be broadcast. Some observers view this as outdated.
James Ferman, outgoing director of the British Board of Film Classification, recently — and controversially — argued for a relaxation of restrictions.