TWC Eyes Live TV On Android Devices In Early 2012

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Time Warner Cable expects to let subscribers watch live TV on Android devices over in-home Wi-Fi early next year -- as it does today for Apple iOS phones and tablets -- after manufacturers upgrade to the next iteration of the Android operating system.

On Thursday, the MSO released the TWC TV 1.0 app for Android smartphones, which lets expanded-basic video subscribers check TV listings, program their DVR, add favorite channels and use their phones as a remote control. Last month, the company released a version of the app for Android tablets that run the "Honeycomb" operating system.

TWC TV for Android phones

Both Android apps require customers to have set-top boxes or DVRs running the Time Warner Cable "Navigator" interactive program guide. Analog customers and those with Motorola set-tops or DVRs running Rovi's iGuide are not supported.

"Once manufacturers and cellular carriers begin to upgrade their phones to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), we will release an update to offer in-home live TV on these devices," director of digital communications Jeff Simmermon wrote in a blog post. "We expect to see those upgrades early next year."

Via apps for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices, Time Warner Cable offers about 100 English-language linear TV channels and 37 Spanish-language channels. The apps work only in a subscriber's home, over a Time Warner Cable broadband connection. Time Warner Cable is still negotiating with Viacom to bring its networks to its tablet and smartphone apps.

Also this week, TWC released the My TWC app for Android smartphones and tablets that lets customers check their account and manage their services, as well as access home phone features such as viewing incoming call logs.