Time Warner Cable's programming choices seem a bit eclectic

Having just completed a rancorous retransmission agreement deal with family-friendly (at least that's the persona it promotes) Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI) is drawing nationwide media attention for its eclectic programming choices.

First, the MSO continues to be the only big cable operator without an NFL Network deal. Second, according to reports that were eventually picked up by USA Today, it's added eight porn channels. And third, thanks in no small part to the presence of Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), it won't be carrying premium content from Epix HD any time soon.

For the record, TWC CFO Rob Marcus told financial analysts that Epix lost its luster when it signed a video streaming deal with Netflix. Epix thought the deal would make it more attractive to cable; Marcus said to the contrary, customers probably wouldn't pay for EPIX HD if they knew they could wait 90 days and watch the movies free on Netflix's streaming service.

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