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A handful of cable TV providers have been working to bolster their offerings in an effort to keep customers content. Among the top requested features is streaming of content to screens that aren't directly tied to our cable boxes, particularly tablets. We can welcome Cox Communications to the streaming club with the recent release of Cox TV Connect.

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The app is intended for homes with Cox TV Essential or AdvancedTV packages, plus Cox Preferred, Premier, or Ultimate Internet service. Subscribers can stream 30+ cable and local channels (availability varies by location) to as many as 5 devices at once. An interactive guide provides access to check out the full list of channels, including those that cannot be streamed, and schedule reminders or DVR recordings.

As you might expect, there are a few catches. The first is that you can only stream programming on your home network; that means, no watching TV over 3G or even on another qualified Cox subscriber's Wi-Fi. Of course, changing login credentials when visiting a friend's house could get around this limitation, but that requires obtaining the same user id and password they use for account management. The biggest limitation is in the rather short list of supported devices. Right now, streaming will only work on the Nexus 7 and the latest selection of Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy tablets. Unfortunately, Nexus 10 owners are left out in the cold.

Supported devices:

  • Kindle Fire 2nd Generation
  • Kindle Fire HD 7"
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
  • Google Nexus 7
  • Samsung Galaxy 2 7"
  • Samsung Galaxy 2 10.1"
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1"

Despite the current limitations, some of which will get better with updates, it is always commendable when cable providers expose a bit more content to the customers. If you are currently enjoying Cox service and happen to have one of these tablets, give Cox TV Connect a try. It's free in the Play Store, just hit the widget below.

via Engadget

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684646603 Eric Mendes

    A home VPN can easily solve the problem regarding being on your home network. OpenVPN even has an Android app to help the cause!

    • Jerrod Schultz

      Can you confirm this works?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684646603 Eric Mendes

        I can't confirm 100% that this works, but I see no reason why it wouldn't. I use the OpenVPN app right now and when I set it to route all data to my VPN, it appears as if I'm on my home network even though I'm at the airport. The data is being routed so that will affect the data speeds and I'm not sure if that hit would ruin the stream or not. I wish I had Cox to try this out, but I'm sure someone will try that. Very simple way to get around this stupid limitation.

        Also, I'm more interested on how someone can hack up something to allow for use over 3G. You can connect with OpenVPN over 3G and if you can make it appear as WiFi, I'm sure it will work properly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

      please explain, very curious!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684646603 Eric Mendes

        If you setup a VPN (Virtual Private Network) within your home network, you can set it up so that when you connect to it, you can appear as if you are within your home network. For example, when I connect to my VPN remotely (outside my home network), my laptop is assigned an IP as if I were within my home network. This way I can access my home server and all my Virtual Machines. The beauty of a VPN is that you can route all your data through the VPN and avoid any packet sniffers that can exist on foreign networks.

    • spunker88

      I do this for the Time Warner app, although I had to grab an modded apk from XDA that would work on rooted devices. I use the ProxyDroid app and it works great.

      Also for this Cox app it shows as compatible for any 4.0+ device I have. May not be supported but at least they let people use it since it will probably work fine.

  • Jerrod Schultz

    I can confirm that the Application operates on my Galaxy Nexus. Not at home to check the streaming capabilities. It was also able to download to my Galaxy Tab 10.1.

  • Keith Johnson

    It seems to install on my Xoom and Galaxy Note 2. Not sure if it works until i get home though :(

  • ScottyByrd

    Would be great if you could actually stream it over any wifi or cell network. Being I can only use it at home why wouldnt I just use my TV

    • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

      Well you might have to crap really bad and cannot wait for the commercial break... but I get what you're saying and totally agree. Why offer something for *mobile* devices that ties you to your home?

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      This is great for a house with one TV and too many people trying to watch different things. It might also be good if you're laying in bed with a spouse and they are trying to sleep while you want to catch the tail end of something (with headphones on, of course).

  • John O’Connor

    this merits a second look. at least to see what channels are avaialble

  • Dave Molina

    works great on my GSM GNex

  • Melvin

    *searches for one of those apps that fakes what phone you're on to download from the play store that I never thought I'd need.*

  • http://twitter.com/vandelay_art Marc R.

    This is working for me on my VZW Galaxy Nexus and my Nexus 10, quality is pretty good, only got a timeout error once and had to sign back in.

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