Time Warner Cable app coming to Xbox 360 this summer

Even though Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One game console will offer new ways to watch television, the current Xbox 360 is still adding media streaming apps on its own. Today, Microsoft and Time Warner Cable announced plans to launch the TWC TV app for the Xbox 360 later this summer.

In a post on the Xbox Wire blog, Microsoft said that when the app is launched, Time Warner Cable subscribers who also have a paid Xbox Live Gold account will be able to watch over 300 TV channels through the console such as AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and more. The app will also be able to be controlled via voice for people who use the Kinect hardware add-on.

Time Warner Cable is the second largest cable TV provider in the US with service in 29 states. Only Comcast is larger; it already provides its own XFINITY TV app for the Xbox 360. Microsoft says there are now over 120 voice-controlled apps for the Xbox 360.

It will be interesting to see if the Xbox One will feature similar cable TV apps. Microsoft stated today that more information on the Xbox One's entertainment options will be revealed in the coming months.

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Blackhearted said,
On a somewhat related note to this... Did time warner cable ever sort out how the espn app didn't work if you are a twc user?

lol, they're so stupid with the ESPN app. I believe you still can watch it on espn3.com but cant use the ESPN app on roadrunner.

Good app. I have it on my iPad and my daughters iPad. Perfect for taking live tv with you when you need to take a dump.

still_rookie said,
Hey look! Another exclusive for US only customers! Way to treat your customers equally Microsoft.

How is this Microsoft's fault?
Perhaps your provider should step up and offer an app like this. Blame them...

still_rookie said,
Hey look! Another exclusive for US only customers! Way to treat your customers equally Microsoft.

You want Time Warner Cable?!!

How is this Microsoft's fault?
Perhaps your provider should step up and offer an app like this. Blame them...

Yes, nobody dare blame Microsoft because its cannot ever be their fault.

Do you really believe this is Time Warner's personal initiative? Something that has arrived 8 years after the 360 was released and 5 years after Netflix arrived on the 360? Please. This is just something Microsoft is trying to offer people to maintain sales in the US. Do I blame the iOS app creators for not being available to purchase in every country? No, I blame Apple. The same law applies, Mr Fanboy.

still_rookie said,

Yes, nobody dare blame Microsoft because its cannot ever be their fault.

Do you really believe this is Time Warner's personal initiative? Something that has arrived 8 years after the 360 was released and 5 years after Netflix arrived on the 360? Please. This is just something Microsoft is trying to offer people to maintain sales in the US. Do I blame the iOS app creators for not being available to purchase in every country? No, I blame Apple. The same law applies, Mr Fanboy.

Fanboy? Are you 5 years old? Grow up...
And while you're at it, learn some common sense. Time Warner is an American company. With me so far? So why would it be available anywhere except the US? International providers are more than welcome to develop apps of their own. Is it Microsoft's fault if they don't? Absolutely not. TM also has an app on iOS that has the same functionality, so it doesn't take a genius to release their motive for doing the same on the Xbox.

I'm not sure why this is a difficult concept for you, but maybe before you start running your mouth like a child, you should attempt to use that brain of yours...

Astra.Xtreme said,

How is this Microsoft's fault?
Perhaps your provider should step up and offer an app like this. Blame them...


Our non-US providers can make all the apps we want. We will not see any Time Warner published anything.
Not to sure yet for WP8, but our Dutch version of BBC has apps. And even though they air shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones etc (2-3 seasons late) these shows can not be watched online due to licensing.

Let me get this straight using a run on sentence because it's clear still_stupid is serious about this.

You're upset that you can't pay for Time Warner Cable then pay for Xbox Live Gold then watch Time Warner Cable that you already could with Time Warner Cable so you blame Microsoft because it didn't write the app that Time Warner Cable wrote for its customers to watch Time Warner Cable that is also US only because Time Warner Cable only operates in the United States so Microsoft isn't treating its customers equally by not writing the said app that Time Warner Cable wrote for its customers so you could watch Time Warner Cable on Xbox but only if you paid for Xbox Live Gold to watch Time Warner Cable?

Fanboy? Are you 5 years old? Grow up...
And while you're at it, learn some common sense. Time Warner is an American company. With me so far? So why would it be available anywhere except the US? International providers are more than welcome to develop apps of their own. Is it Microsoft's fault if they don't? Absolutely not. TM also has an app on iOS that has the same functionality, so it doesn't take a genius to release their motive for doing the same on the Xbox.

I'm not sure why this is a difficult concept for you, but maybe before you start running your mouth like a child, you should attempt to use that brain of yours...

Hmm, so a 5 year old is all it takes for you to get all butthurt?

My point was that it was Microsoft's initiative that got Time Warner to make that app, otherwise it wouldn't have taken them 8 years to develop one. Take a step away from Time Warner, a good example of Microsoft's US exclusive deals is the NFL deal on the X1. My problem is not with Time Warner's app per se, it is with Microsoft's inability to include the rest of the world in their offerings.

still_rookie said,

Hmm, so a 5 year old is all it takes for you to get all butthurt?

My point was that it was Microsoft's initiative that got Time Warner to make that app, otherwise it wouldn't have taken them 8 years to develop one. Take a step away from Time Warner, a good example of Microsoft's US exclusive deals is the NFL deal on the X1. My problem is not with Time Warner's app per se, it is with Microsoft's inability to include the rest of the world in their offerings.

Ok i'm going to the bar. See ya!

still_rookie said,

Hmm, so a 5 year old is all it takes for you to get all butthurt?

My point was that it was Microsoft's initiative that got Time Warner to make that app, otherwise it wouldn't have taken them 8 years to develop one. Take a step away from Time Warner, a good example of Microsoft's US exclusive deals is the NFL deal on the X1. My problem is not with Time Warner's app per se, it is with Microsoft's inability to include the rest of the world in their offerings.

Unless you have proof to back that up, your "theory" is as worthless as your maturity. Nice try though...

still_rookie said,
Proof of what? I think you're a little bit lost.

Do you not know how to read? It's pretty sad that you just asked that question...

still_rookie said,
Ironically, its pretty sad that you asked me if I could read.

Clearly it's a deficiency you carry since you're unable to hold your own in a discussion. You run your mouth, get called out, and then quickly try to change the subject. Those cliche tactics are simply sad, and nothing more... I don't think you can possibly back in that corner any further, but please carry on...

This is only the beginning of the massive greed-driven fleecing that TWC has in store for their customers.
By the end of 2013 twc will quietly begin to force data caps on all new customers, it will eventually be forced on current customers who make changes to their plan then by the end of 2014 all customers will have data caps.
This Xbox app will be updated later to show data usage so that people can keep an eye on it.

Wouldn't it just be easier to just switch to your cable box? I'm assuming they will have the same rules as they do for their app. Speaking of apps, do they have plans for a WP8 app?

If you don't have a cable run where you have TV's this will be awesome. Plus using Kinect Voice for switching channels would be so welcome. Basically this would give you a wireless, voice controlled cable box!

That is a good option. For me, I'd just run a new coax line to an outlet where I wanted to watch TV and save my internet bandwidth.

"It will be interesting to see if the Xbox One will feature similar cable TV apps."

Yes they will. Like I already commented earlier, the TV service of the future will be mostly IP based behind routers on the cable network. Microsoft is counting on this and it's the reason why there are no expensive multituners in the Xbox One. The HDMI in in purely there as a safeguard when a TV provider doesn't have this functionality and only delivers TV through STB's and the regular cable delivery methods.

I worked for Comcast for many years, they are the definition of a greedy corporation. Any underhanded tactic to force customers into paying more is the norm. They're caps have ZERO to do with congestion and usage and everything to do with profits. They want this day to come, when pure HD video streams into your home, because they want to charge you more and more and more. If you have any choice in your area, which of course they've worked hard to keep their monopoly, choose another and tell them why you're leaving. They actually pay attention to the reason people leave somewhat.

Hahaiah said,
I worked for Comcast for many years, they are the definition of a greedy corporation. Any underhanded tactic to force customers into paying more is the norm. They're caps have ZERO to do with congestion and usage and everything to do with profits. They want this day to come, when pure HD video streams into your home, because they want to charge you more and more and more. If you have any choice in your area, which of course they've worked hard to keep their monopoly, choose another and tell them why you're leaving. They actually pay attention to the reason people leave somewhat.

There are no overages for caps on Comcast so not sure how that will make them more money... they want VOD to be on QAM channels with is on an ATSC channel, which doesn't use internet... so once again... how are they going to charge you for excessive usage there since it doesn't count against bandwidth... even their xbox app is not counting against internet usage, they mark it as "internal" and tell the routers not to count it on bandwidth usage... I'd say Comcast is less greedy then time warner which at one point wanted 4GB caps for some tiers with overages... in one month on DOCSIS3 you could have 4GB in just ARP traffic that you have no control over! and guess what, they count that against your cap! and at least Comcast is pushing tech... they pushed for the most HD channels, they pushed like wild to get DOCSIS3 deployed, they are pushing for metro Ethernet (305MBit Fiber to the home residential class connections in the north east!) they are now pushing for DOCSIS3.1 and 4K ready... at least they do things! TWC waits for Comcast to do it first then says "only in profitable areas"

Spicoli said,
How would a cap help profits?

Time warner wanted to put a 4GB, 40GB, and something else cap on customers, and each GB over the cap you'd be charged $x... I think they wanted to do like 1GB for $10 it was ridiculous

Spicoli said,
How would a cap help profits?

By scaring users away from online video options they can continue to sell them overpriced cable choices.

LogicalApex said,

By scaring users away from online video options they can continue to sell them overpriced cable choices.

Providing bad service will just scare people to FIOS.

neufuse said,
at least they do things! TWC waits for Comcast to do it first then says "only in profitable areas"

Their long range plans are focused on pushing customers toward their own products and if you don't comply, they want to charge you more for it. They know full well 250GB a month will only suffice for a relatively short period of time, then it's $ overage time. All the good things they do, don't outweigh the worst thing they want to do. Also don't think any one of these companies is that much better than the next, they are all basically local monopolies and in reality most would recognize their behavior as a cartel than free market.

Spicoli said,

Providing bad service will just scare people to FIOS.


I wish I could be scared over to FIOS. I'd pay twice what I pay TWC now for FIOS, but it's not available in my region. Only other option is AT&T U-verse, whose Internet speeds are slow and TV service doesn't support CableCARD. No thanks.