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TW Cable, Programmers Brace for iPad App Battle

Happy Friday, cable gang. We end the week with a look at Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) fighting off complaints from programmers that are in a huff about the MSO's app for the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad.

  • Time Warner Cable isn't pulling the plug on the ability for subscribers to stream live cable programming to the iPad, brushing off complaints from programmers, including Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA), Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). The MSO thinks streaming to the iPad is "well within our rights," while some programmers counter that such rights aren't included in existing affiliate deals. (See TWC's iPad App Launches With (Some) Live TV, High Demand Crashes TWC's iPad App and Why Is Sling Getting a Free Pass? )

  • Boxee plans to release an iPad app that will allow users to stream video to any device running its over-the-top video software. (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box .)

  • Despite some ballot-stuffing efforts, Comcast still advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" of The Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" tournament. The MSO, the reigning "Golden Poo" champion, will meet Best Buy in the next round. Others from the telecom and video world that made it through include Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE), DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Apple and TW Cable.

  • USA Today takes a look at Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski's push to use broadcast TV spectrum for mobile broadband services. Genachowski says the plan is a "win-win" for broadcasters "who would get fair compensation for getting out of the business, or going to cable only, or sharing spectrum with another broadcaster in the market." (See FCC Swaps TV Spectrum for Mobile Broadband.)

  • Georgia lawmakers are thinking about slapping a new tax on DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) subscribers.

  • Interesting to see how Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s local advertising team is using a blog to pitch media buyers on ways to reach "influential moms" through interactive TV advertising. (See Comcast Claims Interactive Ad Success.)

  • While this reviewer thinks mobile 3D technology is cool, he says the lack of 3D content from programmers coupled with difficulties users would have in shooting their own 3D videos makes it a "lose/lose situation." (See 2010 Top Ten: 3DTV Hype Builders .)

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

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