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TV Everywhere: Not Everyone Likes This Plan Cable Operators Have For Allowing Their Subcribers To View Programming Online

May 14, 2010  •  Post A Comment

TV Everywhere is the phrase used by Time Warner Cable–and many in the industry in general–to describe the various plans cable operators have to allow their subscribers to view programming via the Internet, through myriad devices. But not everyone is onboard with the plan.

According to Joe Flint, reporting for the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog, "Although the industry sees TV Everywhere as a convenient way to offer cable subscribers access to that content online while insuring that the business formula that drives the industry (subscriber pays cable company which in turn pays programmer) remains intact, consumer activists, lawmakers and rival distributors fear it is little more than a bold land grab by a handful of monopolists and want the government to pull the plug before it gets off the ground."

Furthermore, Flint says that at least two studios, Walt Disney Co. and 20th Century Fox "are not entirely sold on the concept. Disney, people close to the company say, wants cable companies to pay them to offer its channels online. In other words, Disney wants to double-dip."

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