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Time Warner Cable Drags its Feet Rolling Out HBO Mobile App

Posted on: November 17, 2011


Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), the second- largest U.S. cable-television provider, expects to agree a deal with HBO “soon” to offer the HBO Go application to subscribers so they can see shows on mobile devices.

The two companies are still working through the details, Time Warner Cable Chief Operating Officer Robert Marcus said in an interview at a conference in Barcelona organized by Morgan Stanley. He declined to give a specific timeframe.

Time Warner Cable and HBO have been in negotiations since at least May and were near to a deal in September to let Time Warner customers watch shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Sopranos” on mobile devices, two people close to the talks said at the time. Marcus said he’s confident that a deal will be reached and wouldn’t say what is delaying an agreement.

Currently, customers of Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), DirecTV (DTV), Dish Network Corp. (DISH), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)’s FiOS, AT&T Inc. (T)’s U-verse, Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) and Cox Communications Inc. can authenticate themselves as paying HBO subscribers and get content from HBOGO.com.

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