News from the TV Everywhere front kicks off today's cable news roundup.
Following months of negotiating, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and corporate cousin Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) have struck a deal that will let the MSO offer HBO GO, the premium programmer's authenticated TV Everywhere service, along with the complementary MAX GO service. Time Warner Cable will start off with a brief beta trial and then extend access to all of its HBO subs sometime in January 2012. HBO GO offers more than 1,400 titles via broadband to PCs, iPads and other connected devices, with MAX GO pitching in 400.
Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) of Canada has introduced a beta of its live TV streaming app for home-bound iPads, starting off with access to 20 channels, reports CED. The MSO expects to launch the app commercially early next year, and follow with an Android version.
SureWest Communications (Nasdaq: SURW) is offering free speed upgrades to business customers in Kansas City following an upgrade to Docsis 3.0. Business customers that were getting a 10Mbit/s downstream have been bumped to 15Mbit/s. SureWest is also using D3 to offer new downstream tiers of 25Mbit/s and 50Mbit/s