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TBS, TNT to Stream Live TV
...If You're an Existing Cable TV Subcriber
by Karl Bode 06:42PM Wednesday May 15 2013
Time Warner today announced that the company's TBS and TNT channels would offer subscribers the option to stream live television on their tablets and iPads -- but only if you subscribe to traditional cable TV. The news comes on the heels of a similar announcement from ABC that they'd be trialing live streaming in New York City and Philadelphia. All of these announcements are of course in response to Aereo, who the broadcasters are trying to sue into oblivion. By offering their own streaming options -- even if tying them to existing cable subscriptions makes them immensely less appealing -- the studios can claim they're giving consumers what they want, even if with the other hand they're suing innovators out of existence.

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It works if WiFi avail; caps kill the cellphone route; too $

I live in the Philly metro area so I tried the ABC Live app on my iPad. It works fine over WiFi. But using it over a cell network would crush the caps too quickly to be useful or affordable. But if I am home, why watch ABC Live over an iPad at all when an HDTV is available. The only use I can see is if I want to sit outside in the yard under a tree and get some fresh air, then the iPad would be nice.

Same would apply to TBS & TNT.

P.S.>> ABC Live is not a true simulcast of the live TV broadcast. First, it is delayed by at least a minute to a minute and a half. Second, commercials are NOT the same as what is on the broadcast OTA TV channel or cable channel carrying ABC. They are different commercials injected in to the stream.
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Re: It works if WiFi avail; caps kill the cellphone route; too $

but yet Time Warner Cable will likely not carry it as they already streem the channels via their in the home TV everywhere app. Also TWC does not have a TV everywhere deal for Time Warner channels I would love to have access to adult swim gold maybe when the contract is up for Cartoon Network, tbs, tnt, and CNN is up we may get TV everywhere access.

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"The only use I can see is if I want to sit outside in the yard under a tree and get some fresh air, then the iPad would be nice."

Thats one of the uses I found for it.

some others.

Wrapping Gifts in an attic that has no TV
Watching the royal wedding at 6 am in the morning in the bathroom while shaving
Watching one of Mondays NHL game 7's on the iPad on CNBC while watching the other on the HDTV.

It's just convenience.

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It would be useful if it ran on a roku, then for low-use TV I could use for occasional live viewing. The only problem is will I need 100 apps to see 100 channels, and sign up for 100 accounts.

Bring me the aggregator.... GTV has been promising this for years..

More corporate checkboxing. Without the cloud DVR functionality this is just another extension of TV circa 1950, except the clicker is your finger. GROUNDBREAKING GUYS.

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Re: It works if WiFi avail; caps kill the cellphone route; too $

"It would be useful if it ran on a roku, then for low-use TV I could use for occasional live viewing. The only problem is will I need 100 apps to see 100 channels, and sign up for 100 accounts"

The TWC App runs on a Roku. One login, Hundreds of channels depending on your subscription.

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80 Inch LED TV's Versus 5.5 Inch Smartphones

I know it's my age and eyesight but who can watch a movie or tv show on what is considered a 'big' smartphone?

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Re: 80 Inch LED TV's Versus 5.5 Inch Smartphones

said by jtel:

I know it's my age and eyesight but who can watch a movie or tv show on what is considered a 'big' smartphone?

If you happen to be out of the house and want to kill some time.

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Re: 80 Inch LED TV's Versus 5.5 Inch Smartphones

said by hey hey hey :

said by jtel:

I know it's my age and eyesight but who can watch a movie or tv show on what is considered a 'big' smartphone?

If you happen to be out of the house and want to kill some time.

This pretty much sums it up right here. It's great for when you just need to kill time and/or are out and about.
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said by jtel:

I know it's my age and eyesight but who can watch a movie or tv show on what is considered a 'big' smartphone?

The first black & white televisions had a 1 - 3" screen and were the size of washing machines to refrigerators. Look it up.. it was so small they used manifying glass to make it bigger-- eventually normal screen sizes devloped through innovation.
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Subscription OK

I have no problem with TNT/TBS requiring you to subscribe with a pay-tv provider to access their content. After all they are pay-tv channels. What I find disgusting is that free ota networks (Fox and ABC) are pulling the same trick.

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Re: Subscription OK

said by mogamer:

I have no problem with TNT/TBS requiring you to subscribe with a pay-tv provider to access their content.

You're missing the point.

People don't want to have to subscribe to cable in order to stream the content to whatever device. Why should users have to subscribe to 100 cable channels when all the channels they want to watch can be counted on their fingers?

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That's double billing isn't it?

Who would want to stream to their wireless device over an expensive wireless service (or even a home internet router), and STILL pay for expensive cable services at the same time? Why on Earth would any normal consumer who values money properly want to do that?