Time Warner Cable's Jeff Simmermon said on Tuesday that the company is updating its TWC TV App so that customers can watch On Demand and live programming outside their homes.
This is big news for Time Warner Cable subscribers, as before now, they were only allowed to watch On Demand and live TV content while connected to their home network. Unfortunately, the big prime time networks like NBC, CBS and CW still aren't supported on the streaming service. Even more, the new update only applies to Apple iOS apps – those available for Android, PC and Mac will be updated in the near future.
For now, the updated service offers twenty-seven On Demand stations that can be viewed outside the home including BBC America, Comedy Central, MTV, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Spike, TV Land, VH1 among others. Live TV offered outside the home include Aspire, BBC America, beIN Sports, FearNet, GMC, Pac-12 and TVGuide Network.
Simmermon added that all Time Warner Cable local news channels will eventually be available out of home, though all local news, traffic and weather channels may not be available immediately. Available at launch on Wednesday will be NY1, NY1 Noticias, News 14 Carolina, And YNN (New York and Texas).
"Those long waits at the DMV are about to get better as of tomorrow morning," he said. "On top of that, we’re improving our live TV mini-guide by introducing convenient guide sorting and genre filtering. This is the biggest news for the TWC TV app since we first launched!"
When customers are connected to their home networks, Time Warner Cable provides a huge lineup of Live TV stations for Android, iOS, PC and Mac. Subscribers can also check out up to seven days of TV listings, change the channel on a specific set-top box (good for annoying the kids in another room), manage a Time Warner DVR, and search for specific content in the Guide. However out of the four platforms, Android customers do not have access to On Demand content.
According to this Time Warner update, Verizon Wireless customers with an iOS-based device have exclusive access to streaming shows over a 3G or 4G LTE data connection. That means they can not only view content on a Wi-Fi network outside the home, but grab content on-the-go while on the road or at the beach. Talk about another kick in Android's metal rear.
Overall this is good news for consumers nationwide, as it means cable companies are embracing the fact that paying customers no longer want to plant in front of the living room TV. With many subscribers ditching their cable for services like Netflix and Hulu Plus which pump content to their mobile devices anywhere, it's no wonder Time Warner Cable and other providers are looking for ways to stop the bleeding.