Time Warner Cable first to launch iPad app that delivers live TV (Updated)

“Time Warner Cable Inc. is launching an iPad application that plays live TV, becoming the first cable company to do so,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.

“The app will be free to download on Tuesday morning, but it will only work for people who subscribe to both video and Internet service from the New York-based cable company,” Svensson reports. “Even then, it only works in the home, when the iPad is connected to the company’s cable modem via a Wi-Fi router.”

“Rob Marcus, the company’s chief operating officer and president, said the app will play 30 basic cable channels in high definition to start, but that number should expand soon,” Svensson reports.
“‘For all intents and purposes … this enables you to convert any room in a house into a TV room,’ Marcus said.”

Svensson reports, “Time Warner Cable’s app doesn’t work as a remote control, nor does it give access to video on demand or shows stored on a digital video recorder in the home. Marcus said these features will be added later.”

Full article here.

UPDATE: March 15, 8:40am ET: The TWCable TV app is now available via Apple’s iTunes App Store: here.

UPDATE: March 15, 5:45pm ET: We’ve been attempting to test and troubleshoot the app with TimeWarner and have come to the conclusion that the app only works with cable modem’s WiFi. In other words, if you’re using your Airport Extreme in between your TimeWarner WiFi cable modem and your iPad, the app will not work for you. Hopefully they’ll update the app soon to make it work with what’s likely to be quite a common setup.

MacDailyNews Note: The TWCable TV app’s current channel lineup:

TWCable TV app channel lineup

Time Warner’s app required your Time Warner login username and password. The app does not require your Time Warner “MyServices” password if it is different from your TimeWarner login password (used to access https://login.timewarner.com).

Via YouTube, watch a discussion between Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, CTO Mike LaJoie, VP of Web Services Jason Gaedtke and Director of Digital Communications Jeff Simmermon:

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]


  1. Nice step in the right direction, but still not there yet. I`m sure someone sooner or later will come up with the app(s) that`ll stream live TV without all these useless conditions.

    1. Oh yeah!! Lame and beyond name!

      “Even then, it only works in the home, when the iPad is connected to the company’s cable modem via a Wi-Fi router.”

      If that’s the case, why the heck do I want to watch in the iPad, I’d watch it in my big screen TV. Unless you have got everything but the TV!! Hahaha…..

      Oh man, the level of intelligence that we can reach nowadays. Keep it up cable guys!!! Ha!

  2. It needs to essentially copy SlingBox’s capabilities to be really useful. I am a TW video and broadband subscriber (yes, I will accept your sympathy), and while being able to keep watching the game while I go to the bathroom at home sounds mildly appealing, what I really want is to be able to watch the game while I’m sitting at a Starbucks, or be able to tune into a televised freeway high speed pursuit while I’m cooped up in the office.

    1. EXACTLY RIGHT, RDF. Let’s face it: cable TV is, and has been for some time, a gigantic steaming pile of horse shit. Except horse shit is useful as fertilizer. Last summer I rented, for $1,000, and ran a trencher in 100-degree weather to split the cost of a nearly $4,000 cable installation to my house with my local provider. For TV? Hell no. For faster Internet and more reliable phone service. Read the Jon Bon Jokey item elsewhere in MDN and see if you can find the parallel: Yup, the cable business today is where the music industry was in the 1980s. To get one good song, you buy an album full of turds at an inflated price. We desperately need an iTunes-style end run on the cable industry. Subscribe when you want for as long as you want to the channels of your choice. And flush the shopping channels down the drain.

  3. I cut Time Warner TV service almost 2 years ago. I asked if they’d let me subscribe to ONLY HD channels and they said it wasn’t possible.

    @RDF +1

    So, I still subscribe to Time Warner broadband… actually I pay TW for Earthlink broadband via TW cable… so, why shouldn’t I be able to stream their TV programming on my iPad, too?

    Hell, I might even pay them $5 more per month.

    1. I’m stuck with Time Wanker, but how is Direct TV better if they don’t offer Internet service? Granted, their video service is over priced, but whose isn’t? Their Internet is about 99.9% reliable, and faster than most other option, with unlimited usage (yeah, they keep threatening to change that, but until they do …)

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