From traffic overloads to concerns from cable programmers, responses to the launch of Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s app for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad leads today's cable news roundup.
Time Warner Cable's new iPad app crashed last night due to overwhelming demand. As a result, TWC says it was forced to temporarily reduce the number of live networks available through its iPad app from 32 to 15 to help ease the strain on the "authentication process" as its engineers look to fix the problem. (See TWC's iPad App Launches With (Some) Live TV.)
TWC's new app also has some networks riled up over rights issues as the MSO starts to distribute live video to the Apple tablets, according to AdWeek, which didn't name any of the networks. (See Comcast, Networks Spar Over iPad App .)
Analyst Richard Greenfield took TWC's new app for a spin, noting that channels change fast and the video quality is quite decent. He was a bit surprised that it doesn't yet support major broadcast networks and that the MSO's broadband video deal with ESPN remains locked to PCs. Here's his video demo:
Video-on-demand distribution now accounts for 10 percent of earnings for movie producers, up from 3 percent not that long ago.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) expects 2011 to be its best year yet for selling banner ads and telescoping ads through its i-Guide interactive program guide, as it rolls out the guide to nearly 5 million homes on Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)/Scientific Atlanta set-tops.
— Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable