I guess Discovery Networks, Fox Cable, and Viacom can finally focus on important matters now that they have succeeded in getting Time Warner to pull their streaming channels off their iPad App. Here are the specific channels that are being removed from the more than 300,00 subscribers: Animal Planet, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, FX, MTV, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Spike, and VH1. Here is the official statement from TWC:
We believe we have every right to carry the Fox Cable Networks, Viacom and Discovery programming on the iPad app. But, for the time being, we have decided to focus our iPad efforts on those enlightened programmers who understand the benefit and importance of allowing our subscribers – and their viewers – to watch their programming on any screen in their homes.
In the meantime, we will pursue all of our legal rights against the programmers who don’t share our vision. The enthusiasm of our customers and the programming partners who have embraced the app, rather than those who are solely focused on finding additional ways to reach into wallets of their own viewers, has convinced us more than ever that we are on the right path.
We will continue to fight to ensure that our customers have access to the content they pay for, no matter which screen in their home they choose to view it on.
Hopefully, Time Warner finds a way to work with these networks to get them back on your iPads. Until then, we’ll have to use what’s left.