Time Warner Cable blinks, pulls 12 channels off iPad streaming app

While continuing to maintain it's done nothing wrong by putting channels it's paid for onto an iPad streaming video application available only to authorized subscribers, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) has caved in to demands by power programmers and removed a dozen channels, including MNTV, Comedy Central, FX and TLC from the application.

"We will continue to fight to ensure that our customers have access to the content they pay for, no matter which screen in their home they choose to view it on," the company's statement said.

The programmers argued that the placing the content on the application was a violated their agreements with Time Warner Cable.

Consumers are aware of the issue, and apparently not happy about it, as evidenced by an anonymous comment on a FierceCable story outlining Fox Network's demands to remove the channels. The move, the writer claimed, is like telling subscribers "we can't connect another TV up in our home. I'm paying for the channels, so stay out of my house. Aren't you making enough off us?"

For more:
- the Los Angeles Times has this story

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