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Time Warner Cable in Talks with Apple on Streaming Video Deals

According to Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, who spoke to investors at the Bank of America Merill Lynch Global Telecom and Media Conference today (via FierceCable), Time Warner is in talks with Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung over potential streaming video deals that are similar to its existing partnership with Roku.

Time Warner Cable brought its authenticated cable service, TWC TV, to Roku in March. With the app, Time Warner Cable subscribers are able to watch up to 300 live TV channels with any TV connected to a Roku device, without the need for a cable box. Time Warner has a similar deal with Samsung to deliver cable programming to its connected TVs.

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"You should assume we're talking to everyone who makes devices like this, whether it's Samsung smart TVs, Apple, Microsoft," Britt said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Telecom and Media conference. Britt's remarks suggest Time Warner Cable may eventually offer the TWC TV app through the Apple TV set-top and Microsoft's new Xbox One gaming console, which will debut later this year.
Apple recently struck a deal with the CW network to bring content to the Apple TV through a dedicated CW app, and it appears that Apple is open to other deals that could potentially bring the TWC TV to the Apple TV. Presumably, such an app would function similarly to the version offered via Roku, allowing Time Warner Cable subscribers to use the Apple TV to stream live television channels.

Britt's comments confirm a Wall Street Journal report from last year, which suggested that Apple was working on deals to create a set-top box that would allow user to view live cable channels.

Such deals with cable companies are necessary if Apple wants to expand its product lineup with additional TV-centric products like the "iTV," which has been rumored to be in the works since 2011. At the D11 conference last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated that television continues to be an "area of great interest" for the company.

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19 months ago

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According to Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, who spoke to investors at the Bank of America Merill Lynch Global Telecom and Media Conference today (via FierceCable (http://www.fiercecable.com/story/britt-time-warner-cable-talking-apple-microsoft-samsung-about-streaming-vid/2013-06-04)), Time Warner is in talks with Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung over potential streaming video deals that are similar to its existing partnership with Roku.

Time Warner Cable brought (http://blog.roku.com/blog/2013/03/05/twc-tv-launches-on-roku/) its authenticated cable service, TWC TV (http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/tv/features/twc-tv.html), to Roku in March. With the app, Time Warner Cable subscribers are able to watch up to 300 live TV channels with any TV connected to a Roku device, without the need for a cable box. Time Warner has a similar deal with Samsung to deliver cable programming to its connected TVs.

Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/03/apple_tv_interface_2012.jpg)Apple recently struck a deal (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/16/cw-strikes-deal-with-apple-to-bring-content-to-apple-tv/) with the CW network to bring content to the Apple TV through a dedicated CW app, and it appears that Apple is open to other deals that could potentially bring the TWC TV to the Apple TV. Presumably, such an app would function similarly to the version offered via Roku, allowing Time Warner Cable subscribers to use the Apple TV to stream live television channels.

Britt's comments confirm a Wall Street Journal report (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/08/15/apple-in-talks-to-build-set-top-box-to-display-live-television/) from last year, which suggested that Apple was working on deals to create a set-top box that would allow user to view live cable channels.

Such deals with cable companies are necessary if Apple wants to expand its product lineup with additional TV-centric products like the "iTV," which has been rumored (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/21/steve-jobs-on-an-apple-television-set-i-finally-cracked-it/) to be in the works since 2011. At the D11 conference last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/28/tim-cook-at-d11-apple-television-there-is-a-grand-vision/) that television continues to be an "area of great interest" for the company.

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Fantastic headline. I'm sure it will get lots of clicks. As the quote says - one should assume (and don't we already anyway) that if TWC is talking about streaming services - they are talking to the likes of Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, etc

Also - the press should stop referring to it as iTV.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
Ok, so what am I missing? It seems like the only benefit to the TWC app is that you can avoid renting an additional set top box if you've got an Apple TV to stream from right? Otherwise, you have to be a TWC subscriber already and probably can't use the app on an iPad outside of your home wifi network. Snooze.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 months ago
Not sure what the point of this would be if you still need to sign up for the same cable package. If they offered a streaming only package for cheaper, then you have something.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 months ago


Such deals with cable companies are necessary if Apple wants to expand its product lineup with additional TV-centric products like the "iTV,"


:rolleyes:

In case no-one has said this before :rolleyes:, it won't be called that.

And people will keep saying this every time those three letters are used together in every article about Apple and television. I'm boring myself even typing this.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 months ago
Where would iTunes be today if you had to buy the cd before you could download the music to listen to?

If these are the type deals Apple is spending it's time negotiating, they need to get a clue! Wow...I get to eliminate a cable box!! :rolleyes:
Rating: 5 Votes
19 months ago

I'm glad Apple is catching up with Roku's concepts


Allegedly.

For all we know, Time Warner came to the table and said "hey we'll be happy to let you add our Time Warner TV to your service." and Apple countered. "No thanks, we want you let folks subscribe directly to HBO and such via the existing apps. Without needing cable. Oh and stop making folks wait for a zillion months to get legal downloads for Warners stuff."
Rating: 4 Votes
19 months ago
I don't need or want any of it. I pay $8 per month for Netflix and nothing for TV, since it's free with cable internet.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 months ago
so according to this article, apple isn't looking to innovate in the TV space, but rather be a 'me too' company.

no thanks. i'm trying to cut cable, not switch set top boxes.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 months ago

Comcast, Cox, and the rest won't like this at all! :cool:


I have and HATE Comcast. I couldn't believe it when I installed their xfinity (cr)app on my iPhone and it would not (by design) stream to my ATV. Meanwhile the HBO Go app does it just fine. Needless to say the xfinity app was promptly deleted from my iphone.

I can't wait for the day that the cable company monopolies are destroyed and we can a la carte the channels we want, without having to get a 200 channel package for the 15-20 channels we actually WANT. Ridiculous!!

A recent survey showed (in the USA) that cable service providers have the lowest satisfaction rating - and for good reason.

They are all greedy bastards and I hope they all eventually implode, and all of their executives go bankrupt.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 months ago


time warner...
Rating: 2 Votes

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