Broadcasters To Sue Time Warner Cable For Making It Easier For People To See Their Shows & Ads
from the say-what-now? dept
Time-shifting and place-shifting content you are authorized to access is legal, but so many content providers still hate that. Apparently, the TV broadcasters are up in arms and about to sue Time Warner Cable for offering subscribers an iPad app that lets them watch some TV channels via the device. There are a whole bunch of limitations on this device. You have to be a subscriber to Time Warner Cable TV and to Time Warner Cable's broadband service. You can only use it if you're on your home WiFi connection, and it only offers 30 channels. Since it's limited to the home and only to subscribers, this seems like even less than just setting up another TV in your house. This is certainly less than what, say, a Slingbox would let you do. Variety quotes a TV exec claiming that they have to sue, because they "have a chance to win." As Karl Bode points out in the first link above:
There's a certain genius at work when you think you "win" by suing a company that is putting your content and ads in front of not only a broader audience, but people who are already paying a significant amount of money to view it.We live in bizarre times.