Time Warner Cable, an American cable television service provider, has been forced to reduce the channels available for live streaming television in its recently-released iPad app.
The TWCable TV app debuted in the App Store in mid-March and became popular quickly, earning over 300,000 downloads since its release. According to the NY Times, however, several media companies objected to Time Warner Cable’s use of their content and demanded their removal from TWCable TV.
Viacom, Discovery Communications, and New Corporation were the media companies who complained to TimeWarner Cable. As a result, several channels including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and FX were removed from the app.
Time Warner Cable has since created a dedicated page, iwantmytwcabletvapp.com, to provide information about the app’s current situation. There, the cable company takes a dig at the media companies who have complained:
We believe we have every right to carry programming on the iPad app. But, for the time being, we have decided to focus our iPad efforts on other enlightened programmers who understand the benefit and importance of allowing our subscribers – and their viewers – to watch their programming on any screen in their homes.
At release, the app offered live streaming television from 32 channels, a number that was reduced drastically yesterday. In a blog post today, Time Warner Cable states that the company has since added 20 channels in the wake of yesterday’s reduction.
If you’re a Time Warner Cable subscriber (or just want to support what Time Warner Cable is trying to do with the TWCable TV app), you can send a note to Time Warner Cable here.