Thursday, March 31, 2011

Time Warner iPad App, Lineup Shrinks

I just received an email from Time Warner explaining that their iPad app was being changed due to the networks complaining about the content being provided to subscriber iPads. Some of the channels that I watched the most were Discovery and Comedy channels, which appear to be on the axe list. Hopefully the networks can hash this out with Time Warner Cable, the stream doesn't have to be live...and it isn't like we have the capability to fast forward commercials.

New TWC iPad App channel lineup (20 stations):
  • A&E
  • E!
  • HLN
  • ABC Family
  • Food Network
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • AMC
  • Fox News
  • Bravo
  • Galavision
  • SyFy
  • CNBC
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Travel Channel
  • CNN
  • HGTV
  • USA
  • Disney Channel
  • History
Why didn't Time Warner Cable anticipate this before launching the iPad App?
We firmly believe that this App is no different than delivering our signals to another TV in the home, and are surprised and disappointed that some TV networks see it differently.

Here is an excerpt from the TWC email this evening:

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.

• Discovery channels: Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC
• Fox channels: FX, National Geographic
• Viacom channels: BET, CMT, Comedy, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, VH1

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