Time Warner Cable to Launch Live TV Streaming iPad App [Update: Now Available]
Time Warner Cable iPad app prototype discussion - Part 1
(Additional videos: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
The Associated Press reports that cable and Internet giant Time Warner will release a new iPad application tomorrow morning that will allow subscribers to the company's services to watch live television on their tablet devices. The app is said to initially support 30 basic cable channels, and access is limited to the customer's home Wi-Fi network.
The app will be free to download on Tuesday morning, but it will only work for people who subscribe to both video and Internet service from the New York-based cable company. Even then, it only works in the home, when the iPad is connected to the company's cable modem via a Wi-Fi router.
Rob Marcus, the company's chief operating officer and president, said the app will play 30 basic cable channels in high definition to start, but that number should expand soon.
"For all intents and purposes ... this enables you to convert any room in a house into a TV room," Marcus said.
On-demand content and support for using the iPad as a remote control will not be included at launch, but will be added in the future.
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable company in the United States, with 12.4 million customers across 28 states.
Update: The TWCable TV iPad app is now available in the App Store.