Time Warner Cable Tops 100 Channels On iPad App, Without Viacom


Time Warner Cable on Thursday launched TWCable TV 2.0 for the iPad, which delivers more than 100 live channels -- but still lacks any Viacom networks -- while adding remote control features, DVR programming and an enhanced guide.

"Our customers have made the TWCable TV app an overwhelming success, with over 600,000 downloads to date," Time Warner Cable executive vice president and chief video and content officer Melinda Witmer said in a statement. "Now they will enjoy an even better experience, with the ability to use the iPad as a remote control and to program and manage their DVRs using the iPad."

Added Witmer, "This is another step forward in our plans to make any screen in your home function as a television." The MSO earlier this year announced plans to make its video services available on Sony and Samsung Internet-connected TVs.

Time Warner Cable touched off turmoil with the initial debut in April of its iPad app, with several programmers objecting that it violated the terms of their distribution agreements because it represented a new device and a new delivery mechanism.

TWCable TV iPad 2.0

Eventually TWC reached agreements with the disgruntled programmers -- with the exception of Viacom, which sued the MSO for breach of contract and copyright violation after Time Warner Cable sued for a ruling that the iPad app was legit.

Last month, Time Warner Cable and Viacom reached a temporary cease-fire in the legal fight over the iPad app as the two sides try to reach a business arrangement, although the media company's networks like MTV, Nick and Comedy Central remain out of the lineup for now.

Then Viacom turned around and sued Cablevision Systems on the same grounds, alleging Cablevision's iPad app distributes programming without permission.

TWCable TV 2.0 now includes an interactive program guide with program listings for up to 7 days and features including the ability to set favorite channels.The guide on the iPad now acts like a remote control to tune the set-top box to the selected channel, and the app now may be used to schedule and manage DVR recordings.

The TWCable TV 2.0 is available free to video customers with broadband Internet service. Subscribers must have an iPad running iOS 4.3 or later; a Time Warner Cable video package at the Standard/Expanded Basic level or higher; a Wi-Fi connection; a Time Warner Cable My Services username and password; and a compatible cable box or DVR.

TWC customers in the Dallas or Los Angeles region and some parts of Texas who have an older guide won't be able to use the iPad app's guide, DVR management or remote control features, director of digital communications Jeff Simmermon wrote in a blog post.

"It's much more difficult to create new applications that work with this software -- but not impossible. Which, frankly, is kind of a bummer," Simmermon wrote. "We are working hard to develop a version of the iPad app that will account for this variation."

Comcast's and Cablevision's iPad apps both provide currently remote control and IPG features.

The 104 channels currently available through Time Warner Cable's app are: A&E, ABC Family, AMC, Animal Planet, Bloomberg TV, Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Catholic Network, Chiller, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, CNN International, Cooking Channel, Crime & Investigation Network, CSPAN, CSPAN2, CSPAN3, Current TV Network, Discovery, Discovery Channel, Discovery Channel Fit & Health, Disney, Disney XD, DIY, E!, ESPN Classic, ESPNews, EWTN Global, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News, FX, G4, Galavision, GMC - Gospel Music Channel, Go1 TV, Golf Channel, Great American Country, GSN, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie Channel, HD Theater, HGTV, History, History en Español, History International, HLN, HSN, IFC, INSP, Investigation, Jewelry TV, Jewish Life TV, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, MavTV, Military Channel, Military History Channel, MSNBC, mun2, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Network, News 14 Carolina Raleigh, NY1 Manhattan, NY1 Noticias, Ovation, OWN, Oxygen, PBS Kids Sprout, Planet Green, QVC, ReelzChannel, RFD, Science Channel, SHOP NBC, Sleuth, Smithsonian, SOAPnet, Style, Sundance Channel, SyFy, TCM, Tennis Channel, The Africa Channel, The Biography Channel, The Hub (East), The Outdoor Channel, The Sportsman Channel, The Word Network, TLC, Travel Channel, TruTV, TV Guide, TV One (East), TVJapan, Universal, USA, We, Wedding Central and YNN Austin.

Subscribers are supposed to be able to access any of those channels that are part of its TV lineup.