Fox, Discovery Nets Back On Time Warner Cable's iPad App


Viacom is the only programmer still withholding its programming from Time Warner Cable's iPad app for streaming live TV to customers' tablets, after the MSO reached agreements with Fox and Discovery Communications to return their programming to the service Friday.

TWC added Fox's National Geographic Channel, FX and Fox News Channel as well as Discovery's Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet. It was not immediately clear how the differences were resolved.

The return of Fox and Discovery to the TWCableTV for iPad app was announced in blogposts by Time Warner Cable director of digital communications Jeff Simmermon. He didn't provide any explanation for why the networks were returned.

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TWC and Fox reps declined to comment. A Discovery spokeswoman said the company does not "discuss affiliate relationships."

On March 31, Time Warner Cable removed a dozen channels -- Discovery's Animal Planet, Discovery and TLC; Fox's FX and National Geographic Channel; and Viacom's BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nick, Spike and VH1 -- from the app after receiving cease-and-desist notices from the programmers.

Last Thursday, Time Warner Cable filed a lawsuit against Viacom requesting a declaratory judgment in a federal court seeking a ruling that the cable operator has the rights under its carriage agreement to deliver Viacom's programming to any device in a subscriber's home.

Viacom responded with a lawsuit accusing TWC of breach of contract and copyright violation, asserting that distribution of its networks to iPads represents a separate usage not covered under existing agreements.

Viacom also has objected to Cablevision Systems' similar Optimum for iPad app, although the media company has not initiated legal action against Cablevision.

Separately, TWC added four networks on Thursday afternoon: Sundance Channel, Wedding Central, Lifetime Real Women and Military History Channel.