Austrian ‘adult’ channel TV6 will not be able to continue screening its controversial hardcore mature content programmes free-to-air to DTH households throughout Europe. The local government has now passed a revision of the domestic media law that closes the loophole used by the broadcaster to screen mature content each night between 23.00 and 06.00 CET unencrypted. The only precondition has been to either warn viewers by an announcement which was read out before the programmes started or by an on-screen message shown during the entire broadcast. TV6 has been carrying nightly live footage of on-stage s_x from a night club in the Austrian town of Linz while the daytime hours are filled with phone-in quiz shows and erotic video-clips. According to the revised media law, TV channels “mainly devoted to the screening of sexual acts must encrypt their signal”. The change, which comes into force on October 1, means that TV6 will either have to adopt an encryption system or remove the mature content scenes from its schedule.