HBO is no longer in the erotic entertainment business. Earlier this summer, the premium cable channel quietly removed its entire library of adult content from its channels and on-demand services, according to the LA Times. This included documentaries, feature films, and reality shows such as “Taxicab Confessions,” and the “Real Sex.” The division, which fell under the purview of HBO’s documentary department, hadn’t been producing new television shows in recent years. Long-time documentary department head Sheila Nevins retired in April.
At the same time, the amount of erotic content on the internet likely means it was less important to HBO than it might once have been. And HBO’s new parent, AT&T, has challenged HBO to be more competitive with streaming rivals like Netflix. Removing the erotic programs could help broaden the potential viewership for HBO, making it more family-friendly.