Cable Technology Feature Article
Time Warner Cable's TV App Now Streaming for Android
By Nicole Spector, Contributing Writer
The company announced on Tuesday that it will deliver access to more than 4,000 On Demand TV shows and movies to the app, which will allow for out-of-home access to a variety of programming and live TV viewing. To enable this 'on-the-go' film or TV watching experience, users need to be connected via Wi-Fi.
Time Warner Cable claims that its mobile users operating an Android 2.2 of higher will now have access to not only a slew of On Demand programs and movies, but to live television as well. The app will stream “a dozen or so” news, sports and entertainment channels. Just imagine what the sports bars of tomorrow will look like, when everyone is watching a different game on their Android device!
Time Warner’s app has been available for some time, and hasn't really done anything new to distinguish itself from the list of other television providers in the mobile space by offering access to its programming through smartphones and tablets. Until now – since live streaming is kind of a big deal, particularly if you're anywhere other than your sofa.
There is a catch, however – in order to access most of the On Demand programming, users must be in their homes and actually connected to their home-based Time Warner Cable Internet connection. Otherwise you could just get the app and watch all of Time Warner's shows in a T-Mobile (News - Alert) hotspot. Obviously, Time Warner does not want this.
There's no word yet on when the updated app will be available on iOS, though the traditional, non-streaming app is available on that platform.
Time Warner Cable has said that it is aiming to have the update available in the Google (News - Alert) Play marketplace on Tuesday. The company says that the app will also come with improvements to its TV guide.
Edited by Alisen Downey