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It seems like every cable and satellite operator is in a hurry to provide a second screen app for tablets and phones. And they all seem to have something in common: either they don't offer live streaming, or they do, and the service is rather arbitrarily restricted to use on a home Internet connection. Time Warner Cable's TWC TV app for Android was just updated to get around this restriction... at least in some cases. Unfortunately, mobile access via the TV app is only available to Verizon Wireless customers - everyone else will just have to live with paying TWC alone.

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If it's any consolation, those Warner-Verizon customers aren't getting as much as you might think. There are only ten live channels available on the app at the moment: Aspire, BBC America, the Big Ten and Pac-12 networks, belN Sports, FearNet, GMC, and (hilariously) TV Guide. So, college sports fans who also like to watch Doctor Who and Star Trek TNG reruns are well-served. On-demand content is a little more varied, with "1,100 hours" of shows from bigger names like BET, CMT, Comedy Central, DIY, Hallmark, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, and Univision, among others. 26 networks in all offer on-demand programming via the TWC TV app. Any Time Warner customer can access this content from a standard WiFi connection, in their home or not. (Tablet users, break out the tethering, eh?)

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The TWC TV app has also added live streaming support for Android 2.2 or higher, opening up the service for older devices, and there are more filter options in the TV schedule section. It's a free download for Time Warner Cable users. 

Time Warner Cable - What's New With TWC TV

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Time Warner Cable today officially launched the latest TWC TV update for Android smartphones and tablets. Customers now have in home access to over 4,000 hours of Video On Demand content. Similar to the latest TWC TV launch for iOS, customers can also access select On Demand and live TV channels on the go over any WiFi connection. This update also includes performance enhancements and improvements to live TV mini guide to improve the overall user experience.

Key features include:

  • In home access to over 4,000 hours of subscription and free On Demand content from 90 providers
  • Out of home access to selected On Demand and live TV channels from any WiFi connection including over 1,100 hours of On Demand TV shows and movies from 26 top-rated networks; and up to 10 live TV news, sports and entertainment channels including all local TWC news channels
  • Expanded device support for video playback for Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) or higher devices

Customers can download the app for Android devices through Google Play. TWC TV is available at no additional cost to Time Warner Cable Video subscribers. Channel line-ups vary by market and depend on the video subscription package to which a customer subscribes. A Time Warner Cable authorized modem is still required for in-home access to the complete TWC TV line-up. In home viewing of the app is also available on Apple iOS, PCs and Macs via www.TWCTV.com, and Roku Streaming Players via the TWC TV channel.

A full list of available channels can be found on the TWC TV about page.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • NCSUgolfer01

    Not available on rooted devices. Fail.

    • Anonymous

      Log onto XDA, there is a fix so that it doesn't check for root.

      • Qbancelli

        Link please!

        • Asphyx

          It's simple if your familiar with android....
          1 - Rename superuser.apk or any other su program you have
          2 - Change release keys in Boot.prop to ""

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

      I'm rooted and it works just fine on my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7. I'm too lazy to check my Xoom.

  • Neastws

    A Wi-Fi only app that's limited by Wireless carrier. That makes perfect sense.

    • mechapathy

      No, it says you can only watch live TV while connected to a MOBILE NETWORK via Verizon. If you're not on Verizon, you can still watch while connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Just as before. Carry on.

  • Fatty Bunter

    IT'S HAPPENING..................

  • Lexster

    Who would be stupid enough to use such a data intensive program on one of the most expensive carriers in the country when it comes to data?

    • bluraven7

      Someone who gets unlimited
      free data...

      • Lexster

        Those people are few and far between on Verizon these days.

  • TomasHunter

    I was going to give Time Warner some credit for making an Android version of their app, but I have my doubts about an app that only streams a handful of channels, and only on Verizon. Streaming is one of the main things I do with my phone, especially when things get slow during my late shifts at DISH. My favorite app is the DISH Anywhere app, because I can stream ALL of my channels and DVR recordings with it. It works over any 3g, 4g or WIFI network I can connect to, so I have full access to my DVR anywhere I go.

  • azonide

    time warner with the all seeing eye as the logo on this...

  • Krystle Marie Wheeler

    not yet what it should be you should be able to use your home wifi on your phone so you can watch tv all you want without data using plus you should be able to call via wifi with your cell phone for free or like 5 bucks a month if you pay for wifi and tv and have a cell phone. plus you should be able to use your phone like a dvr box and plug it in any tv anywhere you want and watch everything you have at home when sitting on the couch. you shouldnt need a cell phone carrier to use this plan. no cell carriers just tv carriers with wifi no middle man needed.