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It's ridiculous... DLNA is already opening those gates. The Alliance has Certified more than 9,000 TVs, PCs, mobile phones, printers and other products for interopeability. It's a moot point - if not now - soon. For instance, one can use a Samsung Galaxy Tab to clone what they are watching on the tablet on the big screen TV or, using Allshare, wirelessly stream content from a TV back to a smaller Tab.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Time Warner Cable has just removed a dozen cable networks from software it created to beam live TV channels to Apple iPads - a concession to several big media companies that have recently objected to the application.
The app has exposed tensions between the cable company and some of its network partners as they wrestle with how to adapt to the Internet era and the rights to distribute live TV to portable devices. The free app only worked within a cable customer's home when the iPad was connecting to the Internet through the company's broadband service.
Time Warner's move came the same day Cablevision Systems Corp. said it has delayed the launch of its own live TV app
"We believe we have every right to carry the programming on our iPad app," Time Warner Cable said Thursday. The company said it "would "pursue all of our legal rights against the programmers who don't share our vision."
The New York Times also reported on the brouhaha:
The cable distributors have trod lightly into an area that will most likely prompt more fighting with channel owners: out-of-home viewing by customers.
Not every channel owner is arguing against the streaming notion, however. Time Warner, which was separated from Time Warner Cable two years ago, is comfortable with the current app, and its recent contract renegotiation with Comcast specifically included tablet streaming rights.
Ms. Witmer of Time Warner Cable said she thought some of the resistance by channel owners stemmed from a lack of understanding of the technology. “In fairness, truthfully, to all the executives in this industry that are trying to run businesses that are part of this ecosystem, it is exhausting — exhausting — keeping up with everything that is changing rapidly,” she said.