Fox recently announced to have given Time Warner Cable a cease-and-desist letter, asking it to withdraw Fox channels from the TV iPad application at TWCable. The studio considered that Time Warner did not have the right to stream its shows on the iPad tablet, even over the application’s home Wi-Fi limitation. Although Time Warner has not told to Bloomberg it would contest that letter, a post on the company’s blog expressed again its point of view that it owned home TV rights which included the iPad too.
Time Warner said to have broad rights to distribute television programming. It also mentioned the existence o some agreements allowing television outside the home and promised to ad others, although it would take some time to do it. The declared goal would be to allow watching any content, on any device, any time and anywhere in a simple and easy way for the customers.
The posture of a TV liberator has appeared somehow unusual, as Time Warner had been typically hostile to Internet video sources out of its control. Like most cable operators, it has tried to close its existing cable business to independent online sources, but has been among the most aggressive in offering bonuses consisting of online video.
Cablevision and Comcast also said they would provide live TV streaming to the iPad soon, but none of the two has received warnings from any content provider. Fox and fellow objector Scripps waited until TWCable TV was in position to go live to raise objections. Cablevision has a precedent that would prevent challenges but, as a consequence of getting the approval for its Network DVRs, it could explicitly be let to host cable programming on IP-based sources.