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Time Warner Cable: How about some TV with your Netflix?

Time Warner Cable: How about some TV with your Netflix? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Tail, meet dog: Time Warner Cable is currently sending a mailer to internet-only customers, suggesting that they should upgrade their broadband speeds for a better Netflix experience and offering to throw in a whole year of free TV as a bonus.  How about some TV with your Netflix? Time Warner Cable’s latest mailer to Internet-only customers.  Why is this remarkable? Because not too long ago, cable companies viewed TV services as their main money maker and broadband as an added service. The Time Warner Cable offer doesn’t just turn this model on its head, it also puts the focus squarely on Netflix as one of the main reasons people would want fast internet access.  Of course, Netflix has been blamed by some in the industry as a reason why people would cut the cord and go internet-only in the first place. For these cord cutters, an ad like this may actually be a smart thing: Instead of making them feel like they’re subscribing to an expensive TV bundle, Time Warner Cable is putting the emphasis squarely on Netflix, a service Internet-only users likely already enjoy...

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Time Warner Cable Streams Live TV To PCs, Macs

Time Warner Cable Streams Live TV To PCs, Macs | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Time Warner Cable is extending its live TV streaming service for in-home viewing on personal computers, although as with the original iPad version Viacom's networks are excluded from the 100-plus channel lineup.  The operator is calling the PC and Mac service, which is powered by Microsoft's Silverlight media-delivery software, a beta test. TWC customers can access the service at www.twctv.com.  Cablevision Systems, which offers in-home TV via apps for iPads and iPhones, also is testing a Silverlight-powered service for PCs and Macs.  In addition to live TV, the TWC TV service provides up to seven days of searchable TV listings, a "Watch on TV" button to change the channel on a set-top box; DVR management features; and the ability to manage favorite channels, parental controls and closed-captioning settings for the website's video player.  "Ever since launching the TWC TV app for the iPad, we've been expanding the platforms that our customers can use to get value from their video subscription, and this represents the latest star in that particular constellation," director of digital communications Jeff Simmermon wrote in a blog post...

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Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers’ TV Device

Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers’ TV Device | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

As a sales promotion, the rebate offer reflects the fact that Internet connectivity, not television, is becoming the core part of the business for companies like Time Warner Cable. But it doubles as something else: as a shot across the bow to cable programmers who say that distributors should pay them more for the right to such place-shifting.  Time Warner Cable has been wrestling with programmers for months over this issue. In March, the company released an app that allowed its paying subscribers to watch dozens of cable channels on the iPad at home. The app was challenged by some programmers, led by Viacom, which owns channels like MTV and Nickelodeon and which accused Time Warner Cable in a lawsuit of “unlicensed distribution” of its content.  Time Warner Cable, in its own lawsuit, argued that its existing carriage contracts with companies like Viacom cover all the screens in a subscriber’s home.  The dueling lawsuits demonstrate just how contentious the topic is for the television industry. “Both sides see their own future as being up for grabs,” said Dan Cryan, the senior principal analyst for broadband at IHS Screen Digest. Distributors are trying to make sure they keep pace with consumers who want to watch TV in new places and on new devices. Programmers are trying to make sure that they don’t miss a major revenue opportunity.

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Netflix, Web Video Rule The Cable Show

Netflix, Web Video Rule The Cable Show | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – While major cable operators insist that Netflix isn't hurting the pay TV business, the top over-the-top video provider continued to dominate panel discussions during the second day of industry's annual convention. Time Warner Cable COO Robert Marcus ripped Netflix, which distributes thousands of movies and TV shows for as low as $7.99 monthly, arguing that it doesn't have the premium content offered by cable. "Cheapness and breadth of content really don't go hand in hand," Marcus said. While taking shots at Netflix's programming library, Marcus said the top Web video site also drives demand for his company's broadband Internet business. "Netflix is foremost an example of an app that requires a robust, fat, HD pipe. It just so happens, that's what we offer," Marcus said. Insight Communications CEO Michael Willner downplayed the threat posed by Netflix and other OTT video providers, noting that Web video is a good use for the cable modem business. "The fact of the matter is we have a big, thick broadband pipe that goes into over 90 percent of American homes – certainly 90 percent of wherever it is available to them. Lots of people can do things with that pipe," Willner said.
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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Loves Netflix. Wait, What?

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Loves Netflix. Wait, What? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
For years, Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes has criticized Netflix and those that do business with the video subscription firm, but his stance might be softening. In an interview with Charlie Rose at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday, Bewkes not only “expressed fondness” for their growing subscription TV business, he said that he “loved” what Netflix was doing. According to Ad Age, Bewkes expressed admiration for the work that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has done in navigating difficult waters and building a business based on licensing studio and TV content. “They’ve done a very successful thing,” Bewkes said. “I love those guys.”
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Cable's Big iPad Fight: It's All About Control

Cable's Big iPad Fight: It's All About Control | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The big fight between Time Warner Cable and Viacom is not so much about whether or not cable companies should have to pay for broadband streaming rights to reach the iPad, but who has the right to decide how a cable network's content is distributed.
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ESPN Debuts Apps For Live TV On Apple Devices

ESPN Debuts Apps For Live TV On Apple Devices | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
ESPN has extended its authenticated "TV Everywhere" service to Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, giving subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV access to live feeds of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. The free WatchESPN App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch became available Wednesday on Apple's iTunes App Store. A version optimized for the iPad will be available in May.
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Junior 'tipouch' Sainvil's curator insight, February 16, 2014 12:06 PM

This will be a great addition to the ESPN family for our mobile's viewers.  

 

The Pro:  The viewers will have access everywhere through their devices using internet connection.  More subcribers will be sign up.  A good hub for advertise.  

 

The con:  More people will interact with mobile than televisions.  

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Time Warner Cable, Comcast and the End of TV as We Know It

Time Warner Cable, Comcast and the End of TV as We Know It | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Three recent developments that will lead to the end of the multichannel TV bundle as we know it today... Here's what I think will happen. First, packages of multi-channel services will become unbundled from the physical transport -- so for example you'll be able to buy your TV shows from Comcast and your internet service from Time Warner. But the individual TV networks will own the "Everywhere" authentication process, and begin to build a direct relationship with consumers. And once the bundles are unbundled -- and the networks have a direct line to the consumer -- the middleman (Comcast, Charter, Dish, DirecTV) will become disaggregated. And that means the end of the TV market as we know it.
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TWC's Witmer: We Didn't Anticipate iPad App Backlash

TWC's Witmer: We Didn't Anticipate iPad App Backlash | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Time Warner Cable has received at least one cease-and-desist letter from a programmer demanding its networks be removed from the MSO's recently launched iPad streaming video app -- a reaction the operator was not expecting, according to chief programming officer Melinda Witmer.
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Time Warner Cable's iPad App Scores, Draws Fire - WSJ.com

Time Warner Cable's iPad App Scores, Draws Fire - WSJ.com | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Time Warner Cable's new iPad app—which allows iPad users to watch live TV—has met with heavy consumer demand, but the launch also has been beset by complaints from major programmers and technical issues.
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Time Warner Cable's iPad app will be the first with live TV streaming when it launches... any minute now

Time Warner Cable's iPad app will be the first with live TV streaming when it launches... any minute now | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Tablet apps from cable, fiber and satellite TV providers are suddenly a dime a dozen but despite promises of live TV streaming from several companies
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HBO Go Now Playing On Samsung TVs, But Not For Comcast And TWC

HBO Go Now Playing On Samsung TVs, But Not For Comcast And TWC | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

HBO's "TV Everywhere" service is now available on Samsung's Internet-connected HDTVs -- but customers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable can't access the feature today.  The two biggest U.S. cable operators also block access to HBO Go on Roku's Internet set-tops, while they do allow subscribers to access the service via PCs, Apple iPads and mobile phones.  Meanwhile, DirecTV is allowing customers to log in to HBO Go on Samsung TVs, but like Comcast and TWC the satellite TV company hasn't given the green light to Roku. DirecTV did not immediately provide an explanation for why the Samsung TVs are OK but the Roku boxes are not.  According to sources familiar with Comcast and Time Warner Cable's positions, HBO has not yet agreed to all of the conditions the MSOs require of their TV Everywhere partners, such as how subscriber information is handled on third-party devices and websites... 

On Time Warner Inc.'s Feb. 8 earnings call, CEO Jeff Bewkes urged the industry to make cable content available on as many devices as possible -- as quickly as possible.  "Frankly, I don't understand the reticence of distributors to authenticate on third-party sites like Roku and get HBO and TNT and all of those channels to television," Bewkes said. "As a general principle, we, as an industry, should be making viewers have availability with on-demand TV of all of their favorite networks on any platform, any device that they want to use. ... That's how you fulfill the promise of your brands and of television to viewers. And I'm hopeful that the industry will move pretty quickly past some of its -- I think their more minor concerns that they have, and they ought to speed up."

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Time Warner Cable trademarks 'Social One,' may offer access to social networks through TV

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) may be developing a way for subscribers to access Facebook, Twitter and other social networks through the TV, based on a trademark it obtained for the brand "Social One." The nation's second largest cable MSO wants to be able to use the brand to offer subscribers a "single interface" for accessing social media accounts through the TV and the Web, according an application Time Warner Cable filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Time Warner Cable also wants to be able to use the brand for "computer software for use on mobile and Web platforms which aggregates content from other sources, such as social media feeds and allows users to manipulate content from other sources," the MSO wrote in the application it submitted on May 5.

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Bewkes: Put All TV On Internet

Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes had a simple solution for distributors and content owners worried about how new technologies and devices will undermine their business models: make everything available on any device at anytime.
Bewkes, who coined and has championed the concept of TV Everywhere for years, told an audience at the Cable Show 2011 here Tuesday that those worried about the impact of online video content and so-called cord-cutting, should just embrace technology and make everything available on any device.
"Put the TV on the Internet," Bewkes said at Tuesday's opening general session "Disruption Central: A Roadmap for Reward in a Shifting Marketplace." "Don't change the business model, don't charge people to use it and present it in a way that people are accustomed to." Bewkes solution sounded much like Time Warner's own HBO Go product, which is available on any device to subscribers. But it seemed to resonate with other members of the panel. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who has battled with online distributors over rights to air its programming on the Internet, said copyright issues and ratings issues have to be resolved first.
"If we are ad supported, then we need to have measurement systems in place so we can sell ads," Dauman said. "That's the currency. We need to have the technology obstacles overcome and the monetization obstacles overcome."
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Britt: iPad is Just the Beginning

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt told analysts Thursday that its controversial decision to stream live television over iPad devices inside the customer home is just the tip of the iceberg, adding the technology will allow the cable operator to address the emergence of Smart TVs... "I want to emphasize that our iPad app is not a one-off product," Britt said. "Rather we are investing in a development process and a development team that will introduce capabilities to customers in rapid succession. The consumer electronics industry is embracing the idea of devices such as Smart TVs with built-in intelligence and 2-way communication capability all built on IP standards. The technology we're using to simulcast video to iPads will eventually feed all these devices. Over time this may lead to a world without set-tops, which could enable a much better customer experience
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NBC, ABC create own iPad apps as Viacom battles Cablevision, TWC

While Viacom (NYSE: VIA) battles Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) over those MSOs' efforts to deliver Viacom programming via Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad device, NBC and ABC have launched their own iPad apps--although neither app focuses on live streaming TV.
NBC Live offers second-screen social features and interactivity that syncs with shows being televised and ABC Video Bookstore packages archived news footage with photo galleries and interactive timelines. Both applications are now live on Apple's App Store, and are free to download (consumers can make use of ABC's in-app payments to buy individual video books).
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Time Warner goes to court over iPad TV streaming

Time Warner goes to court over iPad TV streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
As we wrote a few days ago, the battle over iPad content rights is really a battle over the “second screen.” If you can use an app to watch and control TV anywhere in the house, you’re more likely to use that app as you watch programming on your TV set. And from an advertising perspective, second screens will be ripe for new revenue.
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Top Ten Ways the iPad Is Changing Cable

The iPad is helping to transform the cable industry in several ways, from how (and how fast) it deploys and develops technology, to how it works with programmers and gives consumers what they are apparently clamoring for.
The iPad is giving cable a coolness factor that it's definitely not accustomed to, but, that aside, below is our top 10 ways the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) gizmo is changing the face of cable.
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Cablevision Awaiting Apple Approval For iPad Video App

Cablevision Systems is ready to launch an iPad app that will let subscribers access their full TV lineups and video-on-demand content at home, but is waiting for Apple's approval -- a delay the cable operator says has nothing to do with objections programmers have raised about a similar app from Time Warner Cable.
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New Cable Fight at Hand (and more to come)

New Cable Fight at Hand (and more to come) | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Time Warner Cable is digging in its heels in a dispute with several big media companies over whether it can beam live TV channels to Apple's iPads.
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Heavy Demand Crashed Our iPad App Last Night: It’s Not A Good Party Unless You Run Out Of Beer

Heavy Demand Crashed Our iPad App Last Night: It’s Not A Good Party Unless You Run Out Of Beer | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
For the time being, the app is running with only 15 channels. We have found that by temporarily reducing the number of available channels, we can ease strain on the authentication process.
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