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Fox to TW Cable: Stop Streaming Our Stuff

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LR Cable News Analysis
Light Reading
3/31/2011

Bickering over Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s iPad app once again leads the cable news roundup, as Fox Broadcasting Co. says it wants the MSO to cut it out.

  • Fox has confirmed to Bloomberg that it issued a cease-and-desist letter to Time Warner Cable regarding a new iPad app that lets customers stream 32 live channels to iPad. Programmer-led lawsuits may follow, but for now TWC's app is still up and the MSO is is mounting a campaign to protect the app. (See TW Cable Circles the iPad Wagons, TW Cable's iPad App Enters Programmer Gun Sights, TW Cable, Programmers Brace for iPad App Battle and TW Cable, Programmers Brace for iPad App Battle.)

  • ESPN isn't offered on TW Cable's iPad app because the app is presently unable to comply with blackout restrictions, network SVP of Digital Distribution for Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and ESPN Media Networks Matt Murphy explained yesterday in New York at an event hosted by Multichannel News.

  • Online video ad network TidalTV Inc. raised another US$30 million with help from historic investor Comcast Interactive Capital . (See TidalTV Targets Ads for Set-Tops, TV Everywhere .)

  • Cox Communications Inc. cut a retransmission consent deal with Lin TV Corp. hours before the broadcaster was set to pull the signals from stations carrying programming from ABC and MyNetworkTV.

  • More details have emerged regarding Jason Gaedtke's departure from TW Cable. He tells Multichannel News that he will be joining YouTube Inc. as director of technical solutions, where he will be "leading an international team focused on strategic partnerships." (See TW Cable's Gaedtke Gallops to Google.)

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s 1-Gig fiber-to-the-home network in Kansas City, Kan., may cause headaches for large incumbent service providers TW Cable and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), but it could affect the little guys too. James Nelson, the CEO of local ISP KCnet Inc., tells GigaOm that the project is cause for both optimism and concern. (See Google's 1-Gig Fiber Winner: Kansas City, KS.)

  • Doesn’t look like Google will shine much of a spotlight on Google TV at its Google IO developer conference in May. Android's expected to dominate. (See Google TV Still Not Ready for Prime Time .)

  • Boxee will add support for Apple's iPad in its next release. (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box .)

  • Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) accuses Google of "walling off access to content and data" in an antitrust suit filed today in Europe.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) added two channels to cover The Masters tournament. Its "Masters Mix Channel" allows subscribers to choose from six camera angles, and it also has a "featured group" channel tracking the best pairings each day.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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