TWC Clicks iPad App Channel Count Up To 73


Time Warner Cable has added 14 more networks including several from Discovery Communications, Fox and Turner Broadcasting System to its iPad streaming app -- while Viacom is still sitting out pending resolution of its breach-of-contract lawsuit against the cable operator over the app.

On Friday, TWC added the ability for iPad users to watch live feeds of: Discovery's Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, OWN - the Oprah Winfrey Network, Planet Green, Military Channel and HD Theater; Fox's NatGeo Wild and Fox Business Network; Turner's Cartoon Network and TCM; A&E Television Networks' Lifetime West; GSN; TV Guide Network; and EWTN Global Catholic Network.

With the expanded lineup, Time Warner Cable expects to add the ability to define and sort the TV listings view by channel favorites in an update slated for this summer, director of digital communications Jeff Simmermon wrote in a blog posting. With 73 channels, "it makes scrolling through a guide pretty laborious," he wrote. "One of our product people told me that she likens the motion you have to make to find the right channel to that of a cat unspooling some toilet paper."

Time Warner Cable still has a ways to go to match Cablevision Systems, whose Optimum for iPad app offers a lineup of about 300 live TV channels and more than 2,200 video-on-demand selections. 

Both the TWC and Cablevision apps provide live TV only within subscribers' homes, over a Wi-Fi network.

Following Time Warner Cable's March 15 debut of the TWCableTV for iPad app, Discovery, Fox and Viacom sent the MSO cease-and-desist letters demanding their content be removed from the app -- complaining that the service was outside the bounds of their existing distribution agreements. TWC removed a dozen channels from those three media companies on March 30; it subsequently reached deals with Discovery and Fox to return their networks to the tablet for undisclosed terms.

But with Viacom, Time Warner Cable remains locked in a legal fight for now.

On April 7, 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 alleging breach of contract and copyright violation.