Time Warner and Comcast are joining forces to bring cable TV shows to the Internet, but only for paying subscribers.
Starting next month, the companies will launch online video trials nationwide giving 5,000 Comcast Corp. customers online access to Time Warner Inc.'s TNT and TBS cable networks.
TNT and TBS make such shows as "The Closer" and "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."
Viewers can access the shows initially at Comcast.net and fancast.com. Eventually, they will be available on TNT.tv and TBS.com. There is no additional fee.
Comcast will test a technology that can authenticate the viewer as a subscriber -- an effort to keep cable content secure online. Other networks are expected to participate in the trial later on and pay-TV operators are likely to start similar trials.