More on Time Warner’s Love-Hate for Web Video

Company’s conflicted view stems from an evil scheme or befuddled leadership.

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Others are criticizing the obvious conflict at Time Warner Cable over Internet video. The company's CEO says he wants to encourage customers to download video from the Web. But the company also threatens to hit those "bandwidth hogs" with steep fees.

The mixed message is either an evil scheme to sponge more money from its subscribers, says Colin Dixon at the Diffusion Group, or a classic example of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

"It is hard to be generous and assume this is simply ignorance on TWC's part," Dixon writes. "Yet when the person talking up the TV/broadband connection is Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt, your sense of generosity is bound to overflow."

Ouch.