Time Warner Cable to Trial TV on the Net: Report

Time Warner Cable has signed up at least seven large media companies for a test that will offer television programs on the Internet to paying subscribers, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Networks participating in the trial are expected to include General Electric’s Syfy, Time Warner’s TNT, Cablevision’s AMC and the British Broadcasting Corp.’s BBC America, the people told the paper.

Other companies that could be involved in the trial are CBS, Discovery Communications and Viacom, the paper cited some of the people as saying.

The test involves TV shows being made available on the Web to a limited number of homes, the paper said.

In July, Comcast signed up CBS along with 17 more cable networks to participate in the cable company’s trial to make more television shows available to its subscribers on the Web.

Time Warner Cable could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.

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