New York – News Corp.’s (NYSE: NWS) Fox Networks Group has sent a
cease-and-desist letter to Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), demanding the company stop
streaming its FX and National Geographic channels via a new iPad service,
Time Warner Cable last week introduced an application that streams
some 30 live pay-TV channels to an iPad within a subscriber’s home.
The law is
unclear on whether TWC requires additional permissions to stream live channels
that subscribers are paying for, but the company continues to distribute the
app and has created a website to plead its case to consumers.
already paid for these TV programs to be delivered to your home, and we believe
you should be able to watch these programs anywhere in your house, on any
screen you want," reads a note on IWantMyTWCableTVApp.com.
While Fox is
the first network to object to the TWC iPad app, fellow network operator
Scripps told Bloomberg that the company has "not granted iPad video
streaming rights to any distributor and is actively addressing any misunderstandings
on this issue."