Time Warner Cable's Apple iPad app becomes the subject of cease and desist orders
Despite all of the restrictions, the television networks are having a fit over this application. The networks say that streaming video over a tablet is different than providing content for cable television which means that they should own the rights to the content and get a fee for providing the content for the streaming iPad programming. Until things can be worked out, the networks are sending out 'cease and desist' letters to Time Warner Cable requesting that Time Warner pull their channel from the app immediately.
Time Warner Cable had no comment on the story. At the very least, some channels might have to be removed from the app, which is free for Apple iPad users from the App Store.
source: iTunes via BusinessInsider
The free Time Warner Cable app for the Apple iPad offers 32 live streaming channels for your viewing pleasure; the networks claim the rights to this programming
1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
geeeeeeeeeeezzzzzz they neeeed to chill out...
2. ibap (Posts: 703; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
How is this different from another TV in the house? Time Warner doesn't charge for additional TV connections, though they charge for boxes (DVR or otherwise) if you need them. It doesn't work outside of your home - I've already read enough complaints from people that have discovered that for themselves.
3. Knicknevin (Posts: 137; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
I agree, Ibap. Why should it matter what device is receiving the cable. The customer still pays for the ability to watch the channels. It seems like it would be the exact same as plugging another TV into the wall.
This seems like the networks seeing an opportunity to try to squeeze a little more money for the same content. Do they not get it?
4. Connan (unregistered)
It would be smart to hold up on the app if it has that many issues with it. They can take note from DISH Networks app that will allow you to view all of your channels and DVR content that you would at home, to your mobile device! DISH Network's TV everywhere requires high-speed internet and a Sling adapter. There app is already out and you can even manage and watch your recordings on your DVR. DISH Network app works on Tablets, Smartphone’s, and Laptops. Dish Network came out with the 922 several months ago that has the Sling capabilities built in so you don’t need the adapter and can record up to 100 hours of HD programming. I work for DISH and I can tell you when you sign up to DISH you can get up to three HD receivers for free and HD free for life. Check it outwww.dish.com.
5. LMAO (unregistered)
No reason to hold up on the app. It is specifically an extension of your cable services provided to you by TWC within the vicinity of your home, or wireless network. Networks should have no reason to complain that this is being offered by a television service provider as it DOES NOT service outside of the home.
@ Connan, not only does dish not provide local content, but also the sling thing has been around for quite a while, and still has so few users it isn't funny. Also, free HD for life???? You believe everything your company says? The small print specifically states that the free HD programming is only for 24 months, and the amount of HD programming is a joke compared to that which TWC offers their customers.