Time Warner Cable Brings Live TV To iPhone

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Time Warner Cable has launched a version of its TWC TV app for iPhone and iPod touch devices for watching live TV over a wireless home network -- although Viacom's networks remain absent from the nearly 200 channels in the lineup.

The TWC TV app, which originally debuted for the iPad in March 2011, provides access to live TV over a Wi-Fi router, as well as change channels on their set-top box and manage their DVR recordings. The apps are available to download from Apple's iTunes Store for no additional cost to Time Warner Cable video customers with a broadband connection.

TWC TV for iPhone

The cable operator has said it expects to provide live TV on Android devices, once manufacturers and carriers adopt support for Android 4.0 (code-named Ice Cream Sandwich) sometime this year.

Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable is still negotiating with Viacom to bring its networks to its tablet and smartphone apps.

Viacom sued the MSO last April alleging breach of contract and copyright violation, while TWC sued Viacom seeking a ruling that the cable operator has the rights under its carriage agreement to deliver Viacom's programming to any device in a subscriber's home. In June, Viacom and TWC entered into a "standstill agreement," which put the litigation on hold while they try to reach terms privately.

Cablevision Systems launched a similar iPad app -- and was also hauled into court by Viacom, before they settled the suit for undisclosed terms. 

The full lineup of 196 channels currently available on TWC TV (depending on subscription level and location) is posted on the MSO's blog site here.

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