Time Warner Bribes Partners to Keep Shows Offline
Cable provider even threatens to drop programming in retaliation
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo, a Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

(Newser) – Cable companies must be terrified of cord-cutters, because they're playing hardball to try to keep shows offline. Time Warner and other "pay-TV operators" are offering media companies higher payments if they'll keep their content off of web video services, and even threatening to drop networks that don't fall in line, sources tell Bloomberg.

Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt essentially said as much yesterday at an industry conference, saying that the company "may well have" contracts with a "prohibition" on web distribution. In other cases, it may require that companies offer Time Warner the same deals they give web providers. "This is not a cookie-cutter kind of business," he said. The practice is raising some eyebrows; in a report yesterday, an analyst called on the FTC to investigate whether it violates antitrust laws.

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Libris_Fidelis
Jun 20, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
EVERYONE who clicked "Ridiculous" on this Newser piece is STUPID!!! This is a THREAT to the internet that can be made to be just one of three things that can spell the death of the internet as we know it: the other two things are the telecommunications industry owning the infrastructure by which the internet functions and so-called cloud computing in which it has already been promoted to take the hard drives away from everyone, so that there are only internet user-terminals and no more computers. Cellular telephones have ALREADY replaced computers and people are incredibly STUPID about how they use their cellular telephones!
realitysuxeverything
Jun 16, 2013 3:48 PM CDT
Time Warner could give us over 100 Mbps download speed but don't because they don't have to. Every customer is throttled to a lower speed. I had a friend show me and he boosted my speed from 24 Mbps to about 130 Mbps....then he returned me and by doing nothing more than using his little technicians handheld computer.
realitysuxeverything
Jun 16, 2013 3:35 PM CDT
I remember when HBO first came out(yeah I'm that old), it took me about a month to get the channel for free. I could only get HBO but we had a second TV for all the other channels. Those were the days.