HBO Now Highlights Hypocrisy in Apple’s No Porn Rules ➝

Sam Oliver, writing for AppleInsider:

This time around, there’s no need to log in with cable credentials — Apple is essentially selling porn through iTunes.

There’s nothing wrong with porn, of course. The only thing wrong is Apple’s double standard.

HBO gets away with it because Apple needs what HBO has. Could Apple have muscled a deal in without including pornographic content? Maybe, but they didn’t.

It struck me as odd when I launched HBO Now on my Apple TV and noticed the Late Night section. But, I expect apple held HBO Now to the standards they have for music, movies, and TV shows, rather than the standards they have for applications. HBO Now is packaged as an application on iOS devices, but it feels more akin to media sales than app sales. Or, maybe this is a sign of a loosening of the purse strings on explicit material in the App Store.

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