A few months ago Terry reviewed the Comcast Xfinity App here and it made me jealous! Where I live we’ve got Time Warner, and while they’ve been promising an App for a long time we had nothing. Last week all of that changed. Time Warner released its new live streaming App allowing time warner customers to stream a selection of the most popular channels over WiFi at your home.
What it does
This App is sort of a one trick pony, but that pony works really, really well. The Time Warner App is designed to let Time Warner customers to watch 31 popular channels from the TWC program listing. With channels like Vh1, Spike, Nat. Geo, MTV, MSNBC, History, Headline News, Disney and more, there is something for everyone. The shows load quickly, and playback is smooth even on the HD channels. Next to the channel icon on the left side of the screen is a listing of what is currently playing, as well what’s on next. In the top right corner of the App you see a button giving you a list of channels that have been watched during that session.
What we NEED
While Time Warner customers welcome an App from their cable provider, we had hoped for a little more. The ability to stream live TV shows to the iPad is awesome, however the App lacks any way to control your set top box. Unlike the Comcast App, the TWC App doesn’t allow access to your DVR units to manage your recordings, or even better, stream your recorded shows to your iPad. This is a feature that I would really like to see added to the next update. To do this, I think there will have to be a firmware update to the cable boxes because while they have a network input on the back, currently (at least in Cincinnati where I live) there isn’t an option to connect to the network with our boxes within the software. If cable box control can’t be added, I would like to at least see a program control for more than an hour into the future. Another feature, or limitation to this App has to be the WiFi requirement. With this App you have to be connected to your Time Warner network. I would like to see the ability to stream live anywhere. Since you’re not actually connecting to your cable box, there is no reason that you shouldn’t be able to stream your cable programing from anywhere in the world over WiFi.
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer, there is no reason in the world to not have this App. Time Warner is providing this App for free to its customers. It does a great job of streaming live TV programming to the iPad over WiFi seamlessly and without choppiness, or compression loss. For free what do you have to lose?