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Time Warner Cable Gets Fox TV Shows on VOD

14 Aug, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

No. 2 cable operator now offers VOD access to all four networks’ programming

Time Warner Cable has signed an agreement with Fox Television that enables its subscribers to watch repurposed episodes from the network’s primetime line-up, including “Glee,” “House,” and “Family Guy.”

The free programs on TWC’s Primetime on Demand platform (www.twondemand.com/tv) cannot be fast-forwarded, include advertising and are available eight days after their initial broadcast (not the day after).

In addition, the Fox rebroadcasts do not give TWC’s subscribers authentication access to the network’s TV Everywhere platform. That access is thus far limited to the Hulu Plus subscription VOD service, which parent News Corp. co-owns with The Walt Disney Co. and NBC Universal.

The deal underscores comments made Aug. 10 by News Corp. COO Chase Carey that indicate the media giant is seeking digital distrbution deals that predicated on the value of their incremental revenue. The higher the margin, the faster the access from original broadcast.

Other Fox shows available to TWC subscribers on demand include “American Dad,” “America's Most Wanted,” “Bob's Burger,” “Bones,” “Cleveland Show,” “Cops,” “Fringe,” “Hell's Kitchen,” “MasterChef,” “Raising Hope,” and “The Simpsons.”


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