Time Warner Forced To Pull Channels From TWCable TV iPad App
Time Warner, which is the second largest cable company in the US with 12.4 million subscribers had released an app called TWCable TV couple of weeks back that allows its customers to watch 30 cable channels including Comedy Central, MTV, Fox News etc on their iPad.
This hasnâ€™t not gone down too well with content providers such as Discovery Communications, Fox Cable, and Viacom. They’ve forced Time Warner to remove their channels from the application.
Time Warner revealed this on a site (http://iwantmytwcabletvapp.com), which is dedicated to garner support for their iPad app from their customers:
And, while most TV network owners agree with us that this is a great convenience for our customers and their viewers, a few networks disagree. As a result, for the time being, we have decided to focus our iPad efforts on other 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.
Unfortunately, that means that channels from network groups Discovery Communications, Fox Cable, and Viacom will be removed from your iPad lineup, effective immediately.
Time Warner has removed the following channels:
- Discovery channels: Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC
- Fox channels: FX, National Geographic
- Viacom channels: BET, CMT, Comedy, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, VH1
Time Warner has also promised that it will be adding 20 new channels to compensate for the removal of channels. But as you can see the quality of the new channels does not match the ones that were removed:
CNBC World, C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, C-SPAN 3, Chiller, Disney XD, G4, Home Shopping Network, Jewelry Television, QVC, Sleuth, Soap Net, Style, Golf Channel, and WE tv.
Time Warner has also blamed content providers for not being able to allow the TWCable TV iPad app to work over 3G and are currently working with them to come up with a solution:
Today, Time Warner Cable has broad rights under its agreements with programmers to provide viewing on every screen in our customersâ€™ homes, and therefore we configured the iPad app to work by receiving your favorite Time Warner Cable channels in your home. While we currently make some programming available for viewing outside the home via our TV Everywhere initiative, we are working hard inside Time Warner Cable and with lots of networks to try to find the simplest and easiest way to let you enjoy programming inside and outside of your home.
Itâ€™s heartening to see Time Warner fighting back on behalf of its customers against the greedy content providers.
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[via Time Warner blog]