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Ex-Cable Exec Pitches Porn Net

3/25/2002 4:10 AM Eastern

Daniel Beck, who spent his days in the mid-1980s screening local-access
channels' content for Time Warner Cable, has cut a deal to distribute his own
soft-core pornography channel on the MSO's flagship New York City system.

Pay-Per-View Adult Network (PAN) is looking to compete with Playboy
Television, Spice and New Frontier Media's Pleasure by pitching four-hour blocks
of movies and short adult segments for $6.95 apiece. The competition offers
two-hour blocks for the same price.

Time Warner spokeswoman Harriet Novet said PAN's pricing and packaging
structure -- plus Beck's prior relationship with the company -- helped to seal
the deal.

Beck is pitching PAN to other MSOs, but he may have a hard time wooing
Cablevision Systems Corp.

The MSO lost a carriage dispute to Beck in March after it refused to carry
his T&A local-access channel because it contained 800-number and 900-number
ads.

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