Content owners feeling threatened by the cloud

Despite optimism from vendors like Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) and operators including Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) there is no assurance that the computer will be a place where content is as freely available as air.

That's because content owners and providers distrust the cloud and are "hesitant to jump into this new model because it is disruptive to their distribution models," said Laura Allen Phillips, a research analyst for Parks Associates in a story in the Dubuque, Iowa Telegraph Herald.

This hesitancy, the story said, is why content owners like Viacom (NYSE: VIA) have taken umbrage at iPad applications being offered by Time Warner Cable--even though the apps are only for within a subscriber residence and are tied, even if the link is not, to the service provider.

"We got some pushback from programmers," said a Time Warner Cable spokesman, who reiterated the MSO's stance that "we're pretty confident we have the rights to do this in the home."

For more:
- the Telegraph Herald has this story

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