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Time Warner Cable reportedly offers companies extra cash to keep shows off Hulu

Published Jun 12th, 2013 1:30PM EDT
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If you’re frustrated that HBO doesn’t make Game of Thrones and other hit shows available to watch on the web shortly after they air, then you might have Time Warner Cable to thank. Unnamed sources tell Bloomberg that Time Warner Cable “and other pay-TV operators are offering incentives to media companies that agree to withhold content from Web-based entertainment services” that “can take the form of higher payments or… threats to drop programming.” Bloomberg says that such incentives are part of Time Warner Cable’s efforts “to keep customers by ensuring access to exclusive content while fending off competition from upstart Web providers.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.