If you're an Android device owner and a Time Warner Cable subscriber, then your couch potato viewing habit is about to leap beyond the comforts of your home. Following an update that Apple iOS owners received back in mid-April, Time Warner Cable is updating its Android app with support for live TV streaming and On Demand content for devices using Android 2.2 and higher.
In the home, users will have access to over 4,000 subscription and free On Demand titles from over 90 different providers. Out of the home, users will have access to selected On Demand and live TV channels. This will include over 1,100 On Demand TV shows and movies from 26 top-rated networks, and around a dozen live TV news, sports and entertainment channels including local TWC news channels (the same ones provided in the iOS app).
In addition to the added content, the Android app will receive improvements to the live TV guide, allowing the user to filter content by genre or recently watched channels. Users can also sort the live TV mini guide by network or show title.
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, until now, Android customers were the only subscribers who did not have access to On Demand content.
The Android update isn't expected to go live until next Tuesday, May 14. Time Warner's Jeff Simmermon said that the content will mirror what's available on the iOS platform. That means On Demand content offered outside the home includes BBC America, MTV, Nick Jr., Spike, TV Land, VH-1 and 20 other channels. Live TV is extremely limited, consisting of only around six channels, including Aspire and BBC America. The full load of TV channels and On Demand content returns when the device reconnects to the Time Warner-based home network.
Overall, this move to bring content outside the home is good news for consumers nationwide, as it means cable companies are embracing the fact that paying customers no longer want to plant themselves 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.