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Televised sex line

The televised sex line (also described informally as "pay-as-you-go soft porn", babe shows/channels or Liveshow-channels from the German Liveshow-Sender) is a style of pornographic television programme 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 Hotbird) since 2001, and in the United Kingdom (mainly on Sky Digital) 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, Angel Long, Michelle Monaghan, Dani O'Neil, Faye Rampton and Nina Roberts.

History

1995

  • 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.

2001

  • SexySat TV, claimed to be "the first European liveshow channel on satellite, began in the Netherlands, broadcasting from 14:00 to 02:00.

2002

  • 3 December: Babestation was first broadcast from 11pm-1am on Game Network UK, with one girl presenting, and two taking calls (unheard by the viewers). (A fuller history of Babestation is included in its article.)

2003

  • 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.

2004

UK

  • 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 encrypt. Then, the porn stars from the earlier show would engage in hardcore acts like oral sex, and use dildos.

Outside UK

2006

  • By this time, Game Network had allowed Babestation (and other profitable non video game-related programmes like Psychic Interactive) to dominate its schedule.
  • 20 February: Game Network ceased to exist, and the channel was renamed "Babestation".
  • 28 February: Sky moved all adult or predominantly-adult channels to channel nos 900-970, so all channels showing late-night babe shows are now alongside established adult channels like Television X.
  • During the daytime, some channels show teleshopping or quiz channels, while many of the newly-moved channels decided to start showing "softer" daytime babe shows, with some of the same presenters as at night (e.g. Babedate). They still take premium-rate phone calls, but usually wear bikinis (and keep them on), and cannot make sexual gyrations.
  • Television X's TVX Callgirls Live became the first "babe show" to introduce male porn stars on-screen. They co-presented a free-to-view preview for two hours, with an alternating female presenter (two other girls take calls), then, in the live finale for subscribing viewers, had sex with one of the female presenters on air after encryption.
  • 9 November: ICSTIS fined a variety of daytime chat-line service providers for breaches of phone line regulations — LiveLines UK Ltd, who ran daytime show Housebabes Live (and Office Babe and Hospital Reception until 28 September 2006) were fined a total of £85,000; Datapro Services Ltd, £3,000 for Office Babe ; Com & Tel Ltd, £25,000 (lowered after appeal) and 2 Ergo Ltd, £5,000, for Babedate and Mobibabes ; and Eckoh Technologies, £10,000 for Babeworld (daytime version, which still contained sexually-explicit phone conversations) .
  • 24 November: British television regulator Ofcom imposed a £175,000 fine on Look4Love, owners of Babestar TV. In 2006, Babestar had become one of the more explicit free-to-view nighttime channels, containing use of sex toys and oral sex between female presenters, although the content could still just be considered "softcore". Ofcom's problem was actually with Babestar's concentration on the "barely-legal" status of an 18-year-old presenter.

2007

  • SportXXXbabes and House Of Fun TV introduced 'live pixelisation' - blurring of a part of the screen. This allowed them to feature explicit content (masturbation and oral sex between presenters) without breaking rules, because aroused genitals were not seen.
  • February: House Of Fun TV also introduced Boys Next Door, the first all-male gay porn on a British televised sex line, broadcast only twice (on Tuesday nights). This featured simulated anal sex, and (pixelised) real masturbation and oral sex between three male presenters.

2008

  • The websites of Babestation, Babecast and Sex Station began to simulcast content — although most of this is repeated material previously televised on Sex Station, there was also the introduction of a daytime webcast from 11:00 until 20:30, with sexually-explicit content and language that would be too strong to be televised, featuring up to three female presenters.
  • 3G technology was introduced to televised sex lines, which allows some presenters to see some of the callers who are talking to them.

Daytime chat lines

United Kingdom

During the daytime, most Sky Digital adult channels broadcast "chat line" or "date line" programmes, where viewers can call female presenters, still at the premium rate, but rarely including sexual content or conversation so they cannot be classed as "sex lines". The presenters are sometimes the same as on nighttime sex lines; some, like French Bangbabes presenter Chloe , made the 'transition' from daytime to nighttime.

The 8pm-9pm hour (before the watershed) features fewer phone-ins on the adult channels.

List of televised sex lines

Austria

Channel Satellite Format Website
eUrotic TV Astra 1H
Hotbird 3
Hotbird 6
See

Czech Republic

Channel Satellite Format Website
SexySat TV Astra 1H
Hotbird 3
Hotbird 6
See & de:SexySat
FullX4Free Hotbird 3 See &
Broadcast from Czech Republic via transmitter in Netherlands

France

Channel Show title Format Website
Canal Star
(Canal 160)
Sex Station (France) Began broadcasting (from London?) February 2006
Had a Dailymotion videos page
Presumedly no longer running

(old?)

Germany

Channel Satellite Format Website
Red Lips TV Internet
3A TV (Astra 1H), DHD24
Broadcast first on internet, and occasionally TV
Features some former eUrotic TV models

Italy

Channel Satellite Format Website
SexyChannel TV Hotbird See
Sensuality TV Hotbird See
Diva Futura
Diva Futura Plus
Hotbird Company has existed since 1983
Founded by Ilona Staller & Riccardo Schicchi
Original channel began August 2004
Diva Futura Plus began 1 September 2006

Netherlands

Channel Satellite Format Website
FullX4Free Hotbird Began August 2005, see &
Broadcast from Czech Republic via Netherlands

  • Defunct:

Channel Satellite When active Format Website
SexySat TV Hotbird c 2001 - 4 August 2004
Moved to Prague
See & de:SexySat

United Kingdom

Channel (no.) Show title Format Website
Babestation (906) Babestation 4 or 5 girls rotating, presenting
Split-screen
Friendly TV (907) Babecast As Babestation
Babeworld TV (908)
Babeworld XXXtra (949)
Babeworld 3 or 4 girls presenting
All on same bed
Get Lucky TV (909) Babestation 2 As Babestation
Lucky Star (910) Sex Station
(formerly LiveXXX)
2 or 3 girls taking calls on same bed
Rotating with XXX 4 U'
Sometimes features "strips" if enough viewers text
Tease Me (912)
Tease Me 2 (948)
Bangbabes 2 girls taking calls on same bed
Television X 4 (913)
Red Hot All Girl (947)
TVX Callgirls 2 girls taking calls on same bed
Over 18 TV (914) Hotel Voyeur
(formerly McQueen's Angels)
4 girls taking calls on same bed
sportXXXbabes (918)
Northern Birds (954)
Live & European 2 or 3 girls taking calls
Formerly featured sex (pixelised) and was encrypted at 0:00
(old)
Live XXX Babes (950)
Blue Kiss TV (951)
The Other Side (952)
Babe Central (953)
Essex Babes (955)
Live XXX Babes,
Real Wives Live, etc
Female presenters taking calls
HappyHourGirlsTV (956) Happy Hour Girls
Live XXX (957) Live XXX, Sex Station

On Freeview:

Channel Show title Format Website
Smile TV Party People "TV dating/chat line", ran 1:00-3:00, now 3:00-7:00
Features non-sexual content
Viewers can talk to presenter, including one sex line (advertised until 5:30
Previously, callers apparently arranged dates
Smile TV 2 Party Girls "TV dating/chat line", runs 21:00-5:00
Features non-sexual content
Viewers can talk to presenter, including one chat line.

Daytime chat lines:

Channel (no.) Show title Website
Babestation (906)
Friendly TV (907)
Get Lucky TV (909)
Lads Lounge,
Party People
Babeworld TV (908)
SportxxxBabes (918)
House Of Fun (949)
The Chat Lounge,
The Basement
Turn On TV (912) The Honey Pot,
Office Babe

Defunct televised sex lines:

Channel (no.) Show title When active Format Website
Motors TV (now 413) Fast Girls 2003 Operated from same studio as Babestation
2 girls took calls, 1 presented
Split-screen (plus text-messages)
Television X 3 (905) TVX Callgirls Live
(first incarnation)
2006 2 girls took calls, 2 presented
Featured 1 male presenter on Fridays
After 23:10 encryption, they had sex
Still exists on encrypted Television X (as TVX Callgirls)
Gay TV (940) 2005-06 2 boys presented and took calls
Encrypted at 22:00
Adult Channel (901)
Spice Extreme (902)
2001-? On encrypted channels
Featuring already-famous porn stars (usually all girls)
More explicit content, see
Released on DVD as SXTV Live Volume 1
Episode list on IMDB
You TV 2 (913) XXX 4 U 2006-07 1 girl from Sex Station taking calls
Not to be confused with DVD retailer XXX4U
You TV 2 Extra (914) XXX 4 U 2006-07 Always simulcast with You TV 2
The channel no longer exists
Babestar+ (960) Babestar XXX c 2006-07 2 girls taking calls on same bed
House Of Fun TV (949) Just Girly,
Boys Next Door
c 2007-08 2 or 3 presenters (all female or all male) taking calls
Also featured sex and masturbation (pixelised)

Bisexuality

Bisexuality (or pretended bisexuality) has a strong presence on the shows, because the girls are usually taking calls from men but many perform girl-girl porn on-screen, and some have had relationships off-screen; Dani O'Neal said "we're all bisexual here [on Babestation].

On 9 June 2008, O'Neal and Amanda (both presenters on Babestation), after TV promotion insinuating that they were in a sexual relationship, had sex with each other in an internet show viewable only to 3G callers.

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