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Cable firms to offer movie, show iPad apps

Philadelphia -- More TV shows and movies will hit tablet computers like Apple's iPad as cable companies seek to compete with streaming Web video services, observers say.

Companies including Comcast, Verizon, Dish and Time Warner Cable will soon offer subscribers TV content, including movies, to compete with streaming Web video services like Hulu and Netflix, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The Journal said at least seven of the 10 largest U.S. subscription-TV providers are building tablet-computer applications offering TV shows and movies to subscribers for little or no fee.

Video apps from TV networks and online video services such as Netflix Inc. and have been offering more content and features that integrate with home TV service.

An iPad app Comcast says it will release by year's end allows subscribers to search for and watch some TV shows on a tablet.

In the fall, Verizon said, it will release an app for renting movies on devices than run on Google Inc.'s Android operating system and plans to start the service for other devices, including the iPad.

Time Warner Cable's planned iPad app will enable subscribers to watch TV shows over Wi-Fi in "the not-too-distant future," a spokesman said.

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