Watch Live TV on Your iPad and iPad 2 w/ Time Warner Cable App (video)

Time Warner Cable has launched a new iPad app that lets users watch live TV on the iPad and iPad 2 over a WiFi connection. The new app is available free in the iTunes app store and delivers 32 live HDTV channels to the iPad when connected to your home WiFi Connection.

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The TWCable TV for the iPad app (iTunes) launched this morning in the app store and after you install it and login with your Time Warner credentials you can start watching Live TV from a selection of channels which Time Warner promises is expanding. The app basically turns your iPad into another TV, though it has a few restrictions.

How to Watch TV on the iPAd

Watching Live TV on the iPad 2

TWCable TV for the iPad Features:

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  • The App can stream 32 channels live over WiFi
  • Show you what’s ON now and What’s on Next on your iPad

TW Cable iPad App Channel history and Guide

Channel Guide and History on TW Cable iPad App

What’s Missing:

  • Ability to view full Time Warner Guide – Coming Soon
  • Ability to use iPad as a remote - Coming Soon
  • Ability to schedule or view DVR recordings
  • Ability to watch on Demand shows

TW Cable iPad app loading

Loading occasionally happens, but not often enough to complain

The TWCable TV for the iPad app does a good job of delivering HDTV to your iPad, especially for a first release. The channel changes were pretty fast for the most part and we only occasionally needed to wait for a channel to load once it started streaming.

Channels: The TWCable TV for iPad app has the following channels available at launch.

A&E
ABC Family

AMC
Animal Planet
BET
Bravo
Cartoon Network
CMT
CNBC
CNN
Comedy Central

Discovery
Disney Channel
E!
Food Network
Fox News
FX
Galavision
Hallmark Channel
HGTV
History
HLN
Lifetime Movie Network
MSNBC
MTV HD
National Geographic
Nick
Spike
SyFy
TLC
Travel Channel
USA
VH1

The overall quality is pretty good, though we had some pixelation issues from time to time. Time Warner customers will be used to spotty quality anyway, so it’s not a dealbreaker.

TWCable iPad App small scren

The video is letterboxed and occasionally the letterbox will get a 4:3 treatment leaving you to wach on half the iPad’s screen instead of anything resembling full screen, but that didn’t happen too often in our tests.

The Catch:

In order to use the TWCable App for iPad, you must have at least a Standard (Expanded Basic) TV package and Roadrunner Standard or higher. You can use the service with EarthLink High Speed or EarthLink Cable Max as well, but still need a TV package from Time Warner.

You also need to be connected to a Time Warner cable connection, so you won’t be able to use this app to watch at the airport or at your hotel while on vacation.

That’s the big catch, while many people have Time Warner Internet service, we know many users who have cut the cord, or who get their TV through satellite that would love to use this app, but are locked out since they don’t have TW Cable video service.

The Price:

The good news is that those of us who have the minimum Time Warner Cable service won’t need to pay extra for the app or the live streaming, it is built right into the price that we already pay.

Comments

  1. Joel V says

    It is great that Time Warner Cable is allowing its users to stream live TV to their iPads, but with so many things that are missing, I am not sure that the app will be as great of a success as TWC wants it to be. For example, users can’t use their iPad as a remote, and I know a lot of people like that feature. Another example is that you have about 32 channels to choose from that you can stream live on the TWC app. So there are a lot of areas that are lacking. I use the DISH Remote Access app, and I can say that as an employee, I have had a lot of time to play with the app. There are so many ways that is it better than the TWC app. For one, I am able to stream my recordings from my 922 SlingLoaded DVR to my 3G iPad. I can also stream live TV from any channel that I want. As well as I don’t have to be connected to my home wifi network just to watch TV. As long as my iPad has a 3G connection, I can watch when and where I want and that is the true meaning of TV Everywhere.

  2. Barry Ford says

    But not for Android.  Sigh…  And of course Linux users like myself are right out of the picture.

  3. Debbie says

    I can’t Change the channel on my second boc and I have signature home. My IPad only let’s me use my IPad for the main TV set. :(

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