Cable TV was a little too saucy for some Tulsans in the 80s:
Tulsans Attack Cable Channel (Oklahoman, August 8, 1986)
Battle Brewing in Tulsa Over Cable Television Programming (Oklahoman, January 11, 1987)
Cable TV Obscenity Case Begins (Oklahoman, February 24, 1987)
“The Green Country Federation for Decency claims Tulsa Cable has violated Oklahoma’s obscenity laws with a movie transmitted on the Playboy Channel. Playboy is one of Tulsa Cable’s ‘premium services’ that, for a monthly fee, Tulsa subscribers can have added to their cable service.
“Tulsans for Basic Rights, the decency federation’s adversary, argues that residents should be allowed to watch whatever they want in their homes. When the decency federation last summer tried unsuccessfully to organize a Tulsa Cable boycott, Tulsans for Basic Rights countered with its own petition drive, voicing support for individuals’ freedom of choice.
“The decency federation claims its members are getting the Playboy Channel programs, whether they want them or not.”
A co-worker of mine circa 1980 got Escapade for free. But he said it didn’t violate his moral principles to tune in, since he wasn’t paying for it.
It’s possible his channel filter failed; I heard of people who boiled theirs, then replaced it in the circuit to get free premium channels.
Federation members could have asked Tulsa Cable for replacement filters, instead of subjecting themselves to so much titillation.