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Time Warner Cable Defends New iPad App
But Pulls Several Channels After Broadcaster Threats
by Karl Bode 04:18PM Thursday Mar 31 2011
Time Warner Cable recently launched their new iPad app, offering customers the ability to watch 30 channels on the iPad. Despite the fact this project involves making customers happy by giving them an additional way to watch content (and ads) they're already paying a good deal of money for, broadcasters are already threatening lawsuits and Fox has demanded their channels be pulled. Responding to these threats, Time Warner Cable has launched a new website named Iwantmytwcabletvapp.com that's designed to get consumers riled up about the broadcast industry's rather ridiculous efforts. In an additional FAQ on the dispute, Time Warner Cable puts it this way:
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Many TV networks agree with us that an iPad is just another screen in our customers’ homes. But some seem to think they should be able to decide what screen you can use to watch the programming you’ve already paid for. Technology is changing, and TV networks must change with it. Time Warner Cable will continue to push to protect our customers’ ability to watch the programming they’ve paid for in their homes on whatever screen they want!
In an accompanying blog post the company also addresses the fact the app currently only works while consumers are at home on their own Wi-Fi connection, suggestion this is a licensing-driven restriction they're currently trying to overcome. Currently the application is also only offered to users who subscribe to both Time Warner Cable broadband and video services.

Update: Just as we posted this, Time Warner Cable issued a statement saying they're pulling some of the channels from the application:
quote:
We believe we have every right to carry the programming on our iPad app. But, for the time being, we have decided to focus our iPad efforts on those enlightened programmers who understand the benefit and importance of allowing our subscribers – and their viewers – to watch their programming on any screen in their homes. In the meantime, we will pursue all of our legal rights against the programmers who don’t share our vision. The enthusiasm of our customers and the programming partners who have embraced the app, rather than those who are solely focused on finding additional ways to reach into wallets of their own viewers, has convinced us more than ever that we are on the right path. We will continue to fight to ensure that our customers have access to the content they pay for, no matter which screen in their home they choose to view it on.

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morgan1112

join:2003-04-07
Round Rock, TX

Love Hate

TimeWarner and I have a love hate relationship. For the most part, I love to hate them. However, you have to give them credit for attempting to "stick" it to the broadcasters. Anything that moves us toward more viewing options is a good thing in my book.
eagleknight

join:2002-11-08
Troy, OH

Re: Love Hate

I feel the same way about Time Warner. I recently haven't been liking them for raising my darn rates again, but they seem to be one of the few providers that push back at broadcasters. They did the same when there were possible channel drops.

FFH5
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Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

Didn't Hollywood already lose this battle against Slingbox?

Didn't Hollywood already lose this battle against slingbox, which does the same thing, but also allows access remotely as well?

But threats by Hollywood to raise prices or deny content in future content deals may blackmail TWC in to rolling over, even if LEGALLY they are in the right.
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Simba7
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join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: Didn't Hollywood already lose this battle against Slingbox?

said by FFH5:

But threats by Hollywood to raise prices or deny content in future content deals may blackmail TWC in to rolling over, even if LEGALLY they are in the right.

Yep. Almost like a toddler throwing a tantrum for not getting his/her way.
Kearnstd
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Hollywood will just buy a new justice system and bring Slingbox back into their Kangaroo Court and shut them down. this is 2011 people, an era when Money talks and Justice Walks.
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Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Idiots..

I think Time Warner was rather innovative in their approach. To use *YOUR OWN NETWORK* to stream content to *YOUR DEVICE* from *ONLY INSIDE YOUR HOUSE*.

Hey, broadcasters, you should really read the above comment instead of immediately bashing new technologies. Did anyone learn about that last decade? Guess not.

If my CableCo had that here, I'd jump on it. I'm not an Apple fan, but I'd love to watch TV over my network on my computer or other device.
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IPPlanMan
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join:2000-09-20
Washington, DC
kudos:1

I stand with TWC

I think it's ridiculous that the content providers are attempting to remonetize content once it's already in the home.

This is a money grab, and nothing more.

When AT&T realized that it could change to tiered data plans instead of unlimited plans, it didn't make this change to save people money. It was done to more effectively monetize data usage.

No content provider or company has ever done anything to save people money.
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expert007

join:2006-01-10
Buffalo, NY

The ONLY good Fox content

is their soccer coverage IMO, but if they want to dictate how many screens I can watch on in my own house over my connection....well then...they're more than welcome to KMA.
Pokesomi

join:2007-11-08
Lake Forest, CA

Re: The ONLY good Fox content

Your right. Broadcasters can KMLWA
slckusr
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join:2003-03-17
Greenville, SC
kudos:1

I dont understand

How this is any different than hooking up another tv in your home.

Especially given the restrictions already placed on the content by the carrier, i.e. only your home net connection etc.....

Perhaps this app is threat to hulu+ .
Kearnstd
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Re: I dont understand

said by slckusr:

How this is any different than hooking up another tv in your home.

Especially given the restrictions already placed on the content by the carrier, i.e. only your home net connection etc.....

Perhaps this app is threat to hulu+ .

It is not different in any way at all Period.

its just that the content owners cannot force a cable company to drop analog so they cant stop extra TV sets.

Trust me if the MAFIAA had their way they would get a cut of each extra box rental too.
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LuvMyPad

@rr.com

Loss of Revenue

Okay networks, I will not see your commercials or your programs. That means, my money will go to more progressive organizations.

Bye Bye $$$$$

MrFrumble

@rr.com

You Lose

I've been using the iPad TW Cable app while on the treadmill. Now those broadcasters have totally cut themselves out of the possibility of my viewership during that time. That's one hour a day that I'll be watching a different channel.

BHNtechXpert
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join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
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Does anyone have a list of the channels removed?

Can someone get that posted. It's time everyone find out who and go after them directly. A few thousand calls and emails a day to their switchboards might convince them to take a different stance.
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