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Time Warner Cable Android App Brings Live TV To Android 4.0

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Time Warner Cable’s TWC TV app has been available in the Google Play Store for a long time, but has never been able to offer live TV streams. Today TWC updated the app to version 2.0 which brings live TV streams to Android devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

According to TWC Untangled, the new version of the TWC TV app offers the same DVR functionality as the old app on all phones. The app will still work on all devices, but on non-rooted phones running Android 4.0 it also supports live TV streaming.

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Time Warner Cable Android App Brings Live TV To Android 4.0

Rooted Android phones cannot access the TV live streams for security reasons. Android 4.0 is the first version of Android that offers the secure environment the cable company needed to stream its partners’ programming. Rooted phones don’t necessarily offer the same security features.

Time Warner Cable’s iOS app has a similar limitations on jailbroken devices. Rooted and jailbroken devices mean users can theoretically record the live streams on their device, which TV stations don’t want.

Sadly, some Android users don’t understand TWC’s reason for blocking rooted devices from watching live streams. The Google Play Store page for the app has more than 500 one-star reviews from users. Many of those users are upset because they can’t watch TV on rooted devices.

Other users are upset that they can’t watch TV on their phone because they don’t have ICS, which is understandable, but there’s nothing either TWC or the users can do to fix that issue. Users just have to wait for manufacturers to update their devices, which may take some time.

If you download the app and run into problems, its recommended that you uninstall the app and reinstall it. According to Time Warner Cable that should fix any issues of the app crashing or not loading.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

4 Comments

  1. TomasHunter

    04/19/2012 at 9:37 pm

    The article said that there is nothing Time Warner can do to fix the Ice Cream Sandwich only “issue”. It was their decision to support Ice Cream Sandwich only, because its “easier”. Of the total 3 percent of Android devices with Ice Cream Sandwich, how many actually subscribe to Time Warner? Passing the buck to the manufactures to update their devices shows an overall lack of knowledge about the Android ecosystem. As proof that it is possible to support multiple operating systems and different OS versions I offer my Dish Remote Access app. It works on the vast majority of iOS and Android devices. The Android issue alone would be enough to get me to switch, but the fact that Time Warner will only live stream from the home network would push me away even faster. Why can’t their users watch live TV out side of their home? Are they grounded?
    I was just telling one of my coworkers at Dish how I like to take my tablet with me to the park. I like to play chess in the afternoons and it is nice to watch the Rockies game while I play in the park. I wouldn’t be able to do that with Time Warner.

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  3. Mike Reyn

    11/13/2012 at 5:47 pm

    what about an app for win mobile phones or computers while on the road

  4. msn

    11/21/2012 at 3:00 am

    Since you have root, go to /system/app and cut superuser.apk to another folder like downloads, then uninstall any prior version on tm or brighthouse app, make sure to clear app cache prior to uninstall, then re install tw or brighthouse app, confirm app works, then go to your download folder, rename superu ser.apk to su.apk, then run su.apk install, you are done

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