For a couple of hours early Tuesday, children watching two channels dedicated to children's television on Time Warner Cable may have caught glimpses of the Playboy channel.
According to Melissa Buscher at Time Warner Cable, adult program previews for the Playboy channel ran in the top right corner of channels 552 and 555, Kids on Demand and Kids Preschool on Demand.
Buscher said an equipment failure accounted for the programming problem between 6:14 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. She said the content shown was previews for adult shows, not the actual adult movies.
Buscher said that most market areas just went black when the equipment failed, but in some areas of Cary, Garner, Morrisville and Goldsboro, the adult previews were shown. She also said it is possible that parts of Johnston County and Wilson experienced the problem.
Time Warner Cable was made aware of the problem when parents called to report the issue. The cable company has monitoring procedures in place to catch glitches like this, Buscher said, but because it affected only small areas, the standard monitoring didn't pick it up.
"We deeply regret it happened, particularly on channels dedicated to children's programming," Buscher said. "We've taken calls from concerned parents, and we understand that they are concerned. We're concerned, too. We're making fixes now to make sure this doesn't happen again."