Time Warner Forced to Remove 20 Channels From TWCable TV iPad App

Fox put pressure on Time Warner to remove the ability to stream Fox video programming wirelessly in-house to people using the TWCable TV iPad app (as reported yesterday).

Fox Says “No” to Time Warner iPad TV Streaming App. TW Says Networks Must Change

Fox was not alone, however, as noted by Time Warner’s blog post below.

Programmers Are Kicking The Currents of Change With Feeble Karate: We’re Removing Some Channels From Our iPad App

Time Warner’s post doesn’t pull any punches. Here’s a quote from the blog.

And as you may have heard, the aforementioned programmers would like for us to pull the feeds for channels that they own from our iPad app. They are willing to threaten to sue over it, too. They also don’t want us to talk about this publicly for fear of bad PR — as though our customers are incapable of Googling a few news stories and cross-referencing them against a thinning channel lineup.

Time Warner’s IWantMyTWCableTVApp.com site lists the specific channels that are no longer available through TWCable TV iPad app.

Time Warner Cable Statement Regarding Changes To The TWCable TV App

As you can see from the list below, these are all very popular channels whose removal will be noted by many people.

Animal Planet
BET
CMT
Comedy Central
Discovery Channel
FX
MTV
National Geographic
Nickelodeon
Spike
VH1