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Largest Los Angeles-area cable company bucks trends in ‘adult’ entertainment

LOS ANGELES (BP)–Adelphia Communications, the largest cable operator in the Los Angeles area, is dropping sex channels from its neighborhood TV systems, The Los Angeles Times reported Nov. 4.

The changes began this summer when Adelphia notified city officials that it was replacing the popular “Spice” channel, owned by Playboy, with the Health Network, The Times reported.

The Times described Adelphia’s actions as “contrary to an industrywide trend by satellite and cable operators to bolster their bottom lines offering highly profitable pay-per-view adult fare.”

Pornography cable channel revenues have doubled in the last three years, to more than $500 million this year, The Times reported.

The Times described Adelphia as having “conservative rural Pennsylvania owners.” The company was founded in 1952 by John Rigas of Coudersport, Pa.

An official with Playboy told The Times Adelphia is the only major pay TV providers with a policy against sexually explicit fare.

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