Live TV: The Killer App for the iPad

In the grand scheme of moving pictures, cutting the cord isn’t a practical option — yet. Trying to find something to watch online (other than Netflix’s streaming service) is like hunting for a good read at the dentist’s office. But broadcasters and cable companies are sweating about the future. Viewers increasingly want video wherever and whenever, according to Dixon — meaning away from the TV set in the living room.

So Cablevision, Time Warner and Comcast have jumped on the magic tablet ride, producing apps to deliver their programming, control their DVRs and conduct sundry other tasks. The apps are all free, too — the catch is that viewers still have to pay a traditional cable TV subscription to gain access to the wireless streaming feeds.



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