Time Warner Cable creates iPad app to stream live TV

Time Warner Cable, a TV and internet provider for millions of people, released an app for the iPad today that lets users stream television shows directly to the mobile device. The app will initially only stream 30 basic channels, but TWC's president and COO Rob Marcus said that the number will increase in the near future.

While this initially sounds like great news for people on the go, the Associated Press is reporting that streaming will only be allowed for users if they subscribe to both television and broadband services. In addition, customers must be connected to TWC's broadband at the time of streaming. This means that users will not be able to use the iPad's 3G connection to stream shows while away from their home. Marcus puts a positive spin on this, saying "For all intents and purposes ... this enables you to convert any room in a house into a TV room," but it's hard to believe that this will gain much real-world traction.

Competitors such as DirecTV allow customers who purchase NFL Sunday Ticket to stream to any device; this allows people to watch their favorite team play even when they're on the road or visiting family. DirecTV also allows users to stream content from their DVR to a local PC, something that is also not available in the new TWC offering. In addition, products such as the Slingbox (now owned by rival Dish Network) allow users to stream content anywhere in the world as well.

While TWC is on the right path with this offering, it doesn't go far enough compared to other solutions on the market and it is doubtful that this will be a heavily used option for customers.

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Funny, I just tried it... "You can only view this content from your home internet connection on a cable modem authorized by Time Warner."

... No, really? Then how was I just attempting to stream it? POS won't work for me.

This is for subscribers of Time Warner Cable, so they already have a subscription.
I'm assuming it won't count towards the monthly quota, as it's their own product and network, but depends on how greedy TWC are.

am i right in saying that to watch TV on an ipad i must pay for a subscription, have access to a fast enough connection(home wifi) AND chew a large chunk through my monthly quota??

i cant see why anyone would waste their Internet quota on streaming TV (Which i assume would chew up quite a lot) let alone paying a subscription fee for it?

If the user isn't already a TWC broadband and cable subscriber, do you think Apple will force TWC to allow them to subscribe in-app, with Apple getting 30% of the revenue?

Joey H said,
If the user isn't already a TWC broadband and cable subscriber, do you think Apple will force TWC to allow them to subscribe in-app, with Apple getting 30% of the revenue?

100% of nothing is still nothing.. Their revenue is based completely 'off' the app.

So If I understand this correctly, A person has to be HOME and have already spent $100 a month on Time Warner's OTHER services. What good is this? Wouls I really watch TV on a 3" screen when I have a TV hanging on the wall?

Please help me make sense of this "feature" I am a TWC customer.

slip400 said,
So If I understand this correctly, A person has to be HOME and have already spent $100 a month on Time Warner's OTHER services. What good is this? Wouls I really watch TV on a 3" screen when I have a TV hanging on the wall?

Please help me make sense of this "feature" I am a TWC customer.

9.7 inch screen. Do you not know what size the iPad is? At least, when you make a good point, get your facts right.

Jebadiah said,
9.7 inch screen. Do you not know what size the iPad is? At least, when you make a good point, get your facts right.

The iPad is 9.7... iPhone/iPod is 3.5 ... The person above you makes a good point... nothing is wrong with invalid size of the screen.

I can't understand what your moaning about. The app is free.
You now have a portable way to watch TV, and two of you can watch different shows at the same time.

Also iPad only, so screen size is 9.7

shozilla said,

The iPad is 9.7... iPhone/iPod is 3.5 ... The person above you makes a good point... nothing is wrong with invalid size of the screen.

The app is only for the iPad. RTFA

Jebadiah said,
The app is only for the iPad. RTFA

So? I wasn't talking about one device only... I was giving the fact on the screen sizes. Which Slip400 was thinking about the ipod which he said 3".... i gave the fact which was 3.5"

I know Time Warner made an app for iPad only.. You never know that TW may make an app for iPod/iPhone in the near future. I have DirecTV app on my both iPod and iPhone.