Eurotic TV started to transmit on 22nd October 2004. Its role was to sell subscriptions for encrypted channels like Inxtc.tv and Xplus tv. Great quality image and a lot of good looking girls, some of them still working on this channel, made eUrotic TV the first real opponent of SSTV in the liveshow world. On free to air you could watch the soft part of the liveshows while on the encrypted channels you could see the hot parts, with the same girls! For a little while they broadcast even the hot parts on eUrotic but with the camera pointed only on the girls’ faces.
During Summer 2005 eUrotic suddenly changed its status: the end of the partnership with the subscription channels led to the start of the channel more or less as we see it now. They offered 15 hours of liveshow with great quality image and a great atmosphere: unfortunately, the shows were very, very soft even in the middle of the night. It seems that Austrian laws (they have an Austrian licence) didn’t allow more explicit programs: so they only offered topless shows but the results seemed to be very good as the shows were popular.
A second, static camera channel E2 – like the afterhour shows now – was the first 24hours/7days a week liveshow channel on Hotbird, ETV tried to target the German market by beginning to broadcast on Astra too. The attempt to produce different content for German people was aborted and now the signal on Astra and Hotbird is usually the same.
eUrotic began a second channel in November 2005 to offer personal sessions with the model of the day. The show featured usually 2 models on a sofa in a studio next to the main studio. Originally, the music came from the main studio but then they had their own music. It was not possible to hear the girls speaking. There was little activity on this channel from either the girls or the cameraman. The show was extremely soft and generally unerotic, offering occasional topless and pussy rubbing scenes. Very occasionally there were some exceptional moments. Later, a third channel E+ was introduced with just one girl.
On 10/6/2008 ETV reached a new level regarding censorship: since then during the day models are not allowed to show breasts or other intimate details. For a while the day shows included party games in order to try and involve the viewer, but this proved unsuccessful. During the last two years ETV has experimented with these day shows to make them more appealing. For a while they had the clever idea of a half-transparent red curtain (or two), behind which the girls could go topless. Later they could go topless only with back to camera, but even then the inevitable “accidents” meant that they abandoned the idea to avoid clashing with the regulator. In 2010 the day shows succeed thanks to the hiring of some very nice, intelligent, linguistically skilled girls who can generate a rapport with the caller/viewer. During this time the channels E+ and the ETV 2 were closed.
In the early part of 2010 the night shows became a little more relaxed, and the introduction of new models meant a vast improvement in the quality, while the introduction of new sets including a shower and then wet room have added to the atmosphere and the possibilities. However in 2011 the regulator’s censorship rules have been observed much more strictly. Wax. ropes, touching ( in a sexual way) and close-up shots of fully naked girls have been banned. This has effectively abolished any interaction between the girls.
At the same time, etv closed most of its daytime programming. One girl (invisible on TV) is in the studio during the morning to take calls while the TV show clips of fully-clothed girls being silly or doing aerobics along with messages promoting dating/meeting phone numbers. From 1400 two girls sit in the studio in front of a fixed camera, and the only dayshow left begins at 1500. In order to compensate for the loss of broadcasting time, etv increased the number of models on the dayshow to 6 and to 10 on the nightshow. 2 of these 10 are usually soft models from the dayshows who do an extra 3 hours until 0100. There has been an effort to improve the quality of the shows by giving them themes or concepts, all of which requires the girls to rehearse.
An innovative recent introduction was etvgirl.com. During the day the signal was split between Hotbird and Astra, and there was a white curtain with a web camera behind it. Girls went behind this curtain from time to time in order to strip while talking to the callers who paid extra for the privilege. This service was only available on the web and quickly abandoned only to be resurrected at showing occasional “special” shows dubbed “nightshows during the day”. It was quickly abandoned.. November 2011 saw the inroduction of “Studio Berlin”, a two week trial broadcast via the web with native German-speaking porn models complementing the girls in the main studio, again quickly abandoned. 2011 saw considerably increased censorship again, some of it imposed from outside etv’s control. It also witnessed the end of all regular themed shows and costumed shows, as well as the introduction of a new forum for “Gold” members who commit to buying call and sms minutes in advacne, but again its promise has not been maintained.
ETV is distinguished from all other channels, both UK and continental in that the girls are very nearly all “next door” types, not professionals.
The televised sex line (also described as babe shows/channels) is a style of pornographic television programming that has developed in Europe since 2001. Broadcast live from a studio, the shows usually feature female presenters advertising a phone sex line at a premium rate, through which callers can also see the woman they are talking to on the screen. Viewers can rarely hear the phone conversations, although some programmes have presenters talking, unscripted, to the camera, and responding to viewers’ text messages and camera phone photos.Many almost-identical programmes have established themselves in Europe (mainly on Hot Bird) since 2001, and in the United Kingdom (mainly on Sky) since the beginning of Babestation in 2002. These mainly aim for profits, at the expense of production values, which are rarely high. The presenters of shows are often glamour models or porn stars, and have included Lolly Badcock, Cathy Barry, Bailey Cream, Angel Long, Michelle Moist, Faye Rampton, Bex Shiner, Dani Thompson, Danica Thrall, Tracy Venus, Preeti Young & Priya Young.
In the UK Ofcom classes TV programs which encourage viewers to call presenters live on a premium rate telephone number as advertisements and the regulations applicable to advertisements apply to these channels rather than the rules for editorial content. This restricts what may be said and shown on-air on unencrypted channels more stringently than if the content were a normal program. However regulation of adult TV channels has not been devolved to the Advertising Standards Authority. Ofcom regulates these channels directly.In the US, Playboy TV started Night Calls, a phone-in show where viewers could ‘direct’ the presenters (all female porn stars) in sexual acts on the air. However, this was not quite the same format as the one currently used in Europe, where the focus is more on the phone calls, and profit made from them.SexySat TV, claimed to be “the first European liveshow channel on satellite”, began in the Netherlands, broadcasting from 14:00 to 02:00.Other programmes such as Babecast(on Friendly TV) and Fast Girls (Motors TV UK) began in late-night timeslots. These were usually on channel nos 150-250 on the Sky EPG, and gradually became more daring in portraying nudity and masturbation (although they were by no means hardcore).Babestation’s running time was extended to include a “late babe” hour, with only one girl taking calls on full screen; to avoid the conversation being heard by viewers, background music was played, as continues to be the case on other programmes.A number of the “true” or dedicated adult channels (whose channel no. was around 900, such as Live XXX TV) started to run up to 2½ hours of free-to-view live phone-ins, encouraging viewers to sign up to the subscription for the channel, before becoming encrypted. Then, the porn stars from the earlier show would engage in acts like oral sex, and use dildos.4 August:SexySat TV moved from the Netherlands to Prague, Czech Republic, which reduced the explicitness of broadcasts.
August: Diva Futura went on-the-air in Italy.22 October: eUrotic TV began in Austria. Its role was “to sell subscriptions for encrypted channels like Inxtc.tv and Xplus tv”.