New York – Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has removed channels from News
Corp. (NYSE: NWS), Viacom (NYSE: VIA) and Discovery (NASD: DISCA) from the offering at its new iPad live streaming
application, after threats of lawsuits. "We believe we have every right to
carry the Fox Cable Networks, Viacom and Discovery programming on the iPad
app," the company said in a statement.
"But, for the time being, we
have decided to focus our iPad efforts on those enlightened programmers who
understand the benefit and importance of allowing our subscribers — and their
viewers — to watch their programming on any screen in their homes.
meantime, we will pursue all of our legal rights against the programmers who
don’t share our vision."
The dozen channels removed include MTV, Comedy
Central, FX and National Geographic.
Meanwhile, on Friday, TWC announced that it has added
16 new channels to its iPad live video app, including Disney, Bravo, CNN, AMC,
C-SPAN, E, MSNBC and ESPNews.
(DMW previous coverage)