An official cease-and-desist has been sent, but Time Warner isn't stopping.
Just a few weeks ago, Time Warner launched an iPad app that allowed customers to stream their content directly to the iPad. There were a few issues at first where channels got taken down, but they went back up shortly after. Time Warner said that the removal of the channels was an issue of functionality, but there's a new problem on the horizon.
The folks at Fox don't want their shows streaming to iPads, especially without consent. A cease-and-desist letter has been sent, and the next logical step would be a lawsuit, since Time Warner isn't budging. "The app continues to be available and continues to function the same as the day we launched it," says Time Warner spokesman Alex Dudley.
Entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel says that the issue is really one of advancing technology. "These cases occur under a cloud where contracts were signed in a pre-existing world when new technologies weren’t around yet," he says. "If they had anticipated the new technology and talked about it specifically, you wouldn’t have the problem."