Comcast accidentally delivers porn on ABC channel in Colorado

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Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is blaming human error for an incident Thursday in which it carried a porn network on a channel normally occupied by ABC affiliate KRDO-TV on its cable system in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colo.

Subscribers that tuned to KRDO shortly after 7 a.m. for its broadcast of ABC morning show Good Morning America complained that they saw a hardcore pornography scene, which was carried only for a few seconds. The technical mishap saw KRDO programming replaced with other networks during a two hour-hour period on the channel, including religious programming from broadcast network ION.

"We sincerely apologize for the programming interruption on KRDO News Channel 13 (ABC) in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. In the process of correcting a technical system issue, a series of channels were inadvertently shown live on KRDO during the morning programming," Comcast spokeswoman Cindy Parsons said in a prepared statement.

Comcast didn't identify the adult network that it ran on KRDO's channel. It carries several linear and pay-per-view channels that feature adult programming in Colorado, including Playboy and New Frontier Media's Xtsy.

While Comcast and other pay TV providers encrypt adult programming and offer subscribers parental controls, Thursday's incident demonstrates that human error can make those technology advances ineffective.

For more:
- Colorado Springs Gazette has this story
- Daily Mail has this story

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