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Time Warner to pull Fox from iPad app, Cablevision app near

updated 05:15 pm EDT, Thu March 31, 2011

Time Warner pulls Fox from iPad TV app

Time Warner Cable partly bowed to pressure on Thursday and said it would pull channels like Fox from its TWCable TV iPad app. It spun the withdrawal by saying it would concentrate on "enlightened programmers" who saw the value of tablet streaming. The decision also gave it incentive to attack Fox, Scripps, and other holdouts, ironically accusing them of greed by limiting how they could access TV.

"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," spokesman Alex Dudley said.

Fox issued a cease-and-desist letter this week that insisted its deal hadn't granted permission to stream on the iPad. TWC has insisted that its rights already included the app.

Not mentioned in the comment was Time Warner's own resistance to allowing online content. Like other content providers, it has often taken steps to block or publicly criticize any Internet service that didn't include one of its cable subscriptions. It also briefly tested out low bandwidth caps on its cable modem Internet service that was widely interpreted as an attempt to scare users away from iTunes, Netflix, and other sources that would encourage them to drop cable TV.

Cablevision meanwhile said its own iPad app, Optimum App for iPad, had already been submitted to Apple. The app was just waiting on approval, the company told the WSJ. It had been delayed an unspecified amount from its original late March target, but the gap had no relation to disputes over content rights like with TWC.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Herod

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    bub bye fox

    no one was watching your crud programs on the ipad anyway.

  1. ferdchet

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    Joined: Feb 2011



    Herod, that's a silly statement. Check the ratings. Someone's got an ideological bias today.

    Actually, it wasn't just Fox stations that got removed. Discovery Networks and Viacom channels got removed as well. Fox and Discovery channels I'm not excited about, but the Viacom channels? Meh. Didn't watch any of that garbage anyway.

    But far be it from MacNN to talk about the whole story. It's easier to get eyeballs on the story if they mention the eeeeevil Fox is taking away TV.

    The bigger issue is why these content providers care about the iPad app. I pay for their programming, the app is restricted so I can only watch it in my home (again, where I've paid for this). What business is it of theirs what kind of screen I watch it on? It's not like the TWCableTV app is even a DVR or anything. I have to watch the ads, which they like. That doesn't happen on any of the other TVs in my house.

    Some of these providers still don't get the Internet, apparently.

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