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At issue is what and where content can be streamed. Both Cablevision and Time Warner Cable
In this sense, both services stand apart from DISH Network's
Cablevision amusingly pitched its app as offering conveniences that set-top boxes can't match, including the flexibility of watching television in uncommon areas. The bathroom, for example.
Can you imagine the ad pitching this feature? "Honey, I'll be back in 20. Modern Family is coming on." So much for gathering everyone around the TV.
Whether these services improve to offer out-of-the-home viewing is unknown at this point. But it doesn't look likely. Hollywood wants distribution fees; cable companies want to offer services yet also preserve profits. Expect these competing interests to clash.
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