When it comes to distributing content on tablet devices such as the iPad, cable operators appear to think it's better to ask forgiveness rather than permission.
At least that's the approach of Time Warner Cable, which last week announced that it would be offering live TV to its nearly 15 million subscribers via Apple's iPad at no extra charge. Comcast and Cablevision are also planning similar apps.
However, some of the programmers whose content Time Warner Cable would be offering have been rumbling quietly that the cable company does not have the rights to stream their programming to iPads. Most, however, are not yet ready to go on a public offensive against the cable operator.
That the Time Warner Cable app only works in the home is of little concern to the programmers. If the contract with the cable company doesn't specifically say streaming on tablet devices is part of the deal, they will balk and probably try to seek more money.
Source: Los Angeles Times