“Cablevision Systems Corp. said Thursday it is waiting for Apple Inc.’s approval of the cable company’s ‘live TV’ iPad application, delaying its launch,” Nat Worden reports for The Wall Street Journal. “A similar app recently offered by Time Warner Cable Inc. has exposed a dispute over content rights between cable companies and their network partners.”
“A spokesman for Cablevision, which had planned to launch the app before the end of March, said the delay is unrelated to the dispute between programmers and Time Warner Cable over its app,” Worden reports. “Time Warner Cable’s app provides its cable TV and broadband customers access to 32 live cable TV channels [temporarily limited to 19 due to heavy demand], such as the Disney Channel, Discovery Channel and Comedy Central, on their Apple tablet device but only in the customer’s home. Cablevision’s planned app would expand on that, providing customers access to all programming that is available through their cable box on their iPad.”
Worden reports, “Such apps have raised hackles from programmers, who claim the cable companies haven’t acquired the rights to distribute their content on the iPad. Time Warner Cable confirmed they received a cease and desist letter from News Corp.’s Fox TV networks, as well as other programmers… Time Warner Cable has persevered with its app, despite the objections from programmers and some initial technical glitches. A spokesman for the company said it will continue offering all 32 channels on the app.”
Read more in the full article here.
We just checked and all 19 channels, including News Corp.’s FOX News, remain functional on the TWCable TV app for iPad. Content providers need to relax; especially since all the TWCable TV app does is deliver a tiny subset of the same content currently broadcasting on the cable system to another screen, iPad’s, within the reach of the cable subscriber’s home WiFi network.
It’s really a useful little app, albeit extremely limited right now.
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