November 30, 2011 | by Charles West
Time Warner Cable is the latest to join the Market with a launch of its free app for Android tablets, which allows subscribers to program their DVR’s and check TV listings. Unfortunately, the TWC TV app doesn’t provide access to live TV channels, a service that some programmers have apparently objected to. This started from the company’s iPad app, which included a live-streaming feature of Time Warner Cable’s TWCable TV. The feature prompted Viacom (who owns MTV, VH1, and BET) to sue Time Warner Cable, because they argued that the services were outside the scope of existing distribution deals. So it leaves this stripped down version of the app, bringing some decent options that includes access to the following features:
- Ability to program DVR
- Add favorite channels
- Use Android tablet as a remote control
- View a filtered guide showing favorite channels or HD channels only
- Search for programming by title or episode
The app is also available to all customers with set-top boxes or DVRs running the Time Warner Cable “Navigator” interactive program guide. I’m not sure how far this goes when it pertains to set-top-boxes, because I haven’t seen the channel app on my Roku 2 box as of yet. TWC TV will operate on all tabs running Honeycomb Android version 3.x, so whether you have the Motorola Xoom, Lenovo K1 Ideapad, or Samsung Galaxy Tab your good.
That said, I’m not sure if this app is any better than Direct TV or Comcast’s Xfinity app, but if you are customer of TWC you should give it a try by hitting our trusty button below. Tell us how you like the app? Is it any good?