Time Warner's 'TV Everywhere' plan doesn't apply to Time Warner Cable customers

And Time Warner Cable happens to cover most households in the L.A. area. Sorry folks, you can't access CNN on your iPad - even though the new service is available on AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH, and Verizon systems. Earlier this year, Time Warner released the HBO Go app for just about every big cable provider - except Time Warner Cable. What gives? Well, Time Warner and Time Warner Cable are two entirely separate companies (they split up in 2009), but there may be more to it. From All Things Digital:

Some wags suggest that Time Warner Cable has some sort of theological/business strategy problem with TV Everywhere products that allow people to stream video outside of the home, because Time Warner Cable only sells broadband access to the living room. That is, if you're streaming HBO Go on your iPad in an airport, using AT&T's bandwidth, then Time Warner Cable doesn't really get a chance to participate: It wants you to consume most of your broadband through its pipes, so it can charge you for it.


Another theory: Time Warner and Time Warner Cable's executives simply don't like each other, a residue of the divorce proceedings. That also seems a bit of a stretch -- in the cable business, nobody really likes each other. They just tolerate each other because they spend all their time negotiating incredibly complicated, expensive carriage deals, that ultimately let both sides make a bunch of money.

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