A federal judge accepted a plea bargain Friday from a New York satellite company that beamed pornographic movies to 30,000 homes nationwide.
As part of the agreement, U.S. District Judge David Winder fined Home Dish Only Satellite Networks Inc. $75,000, with the understanding that the company will pay the money to a Buffalo, N.Y., federal court.The company broadcast films via satellite on the American Exxxtasy Channel. U.S. Satellite Inc., of Murray, then beamed the films to a GTE Spacenet Corp. satellite.
U.S. attorney Richard Lambert said the federal prosecution was the first instigated under the Federal Satellite Obsenity Statute passed by Congress in 1988.
In the agreement, the company agreed to erase the sexually explicit films it had already taped and not to distribute or promote other films.
The company pleaded guilty last year in the New York court to the Feb. 25 broadcast of a pornographic promotional film, "Hot Shorts." It pleaded guilty in December in Salt Lake court to the transmission of "Hard-core Girlfriends."