& cplSiteName &

TW Cable Says: Just Keep Streaming

Alan Breznick
12/19/2013
50%
50%

Call it a case of TVE tit-for-tat.

Just one day after Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) became the first pay TV provide to place its FiOS TV app on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s new Xbox One game console, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) retaliated by greatly expanding the reach of its own TV Everywhere app.

TW Cable announced Wednesday that it has launched its full TWC TV app on the Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets while padding its existing offerings on the Roku Inc. streaming media player, Xbox 360 game console, and newer Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) connected TV sets. (See FiOS Snags Xbox One First.)

With these latest moves, TW Cable boasts that it's now offering TV Everywhere content through apps on seven different platforms -- Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iOS, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android, PC, Mac, Roku, Xbox 360, and Amazon Kindle Fire. That's more than any other service provider and, as the MSO's Chris Monfette put it in a blog on the company's website, "nearly as many platforms for delivering quality content as Santa has reindeer."

Moreover, with these various launches, TW Cable is rounding out its TV Everywhere offerings on all the different platforms. On the Roku and Xbox 360 boxes, the MSO has added its roster of video-on-demand (VoD) programming to its existing live TV lineup. Conversely, on the Samsung Smart TVs, the MSO has added its linear channel lineup to its existing VoD offerings.

As a result, TW Cable is now streaming up to 300 live TV channels and up to 5,000 free and subscription-based VoD titles to all four platforms, along with PCs, Macs, iPhones, and iPads, for in-home use. It also offers limited out-of-home access to content on several of the platforms, including the Kindle Fire tablets.

Unlike FiOS TV, however, TWC TV is not yet available on the new Xbox One console, which just debuted a month ago. Nor is the TWC TV Everywhere app available yet on the Apple TV box, Google Chromecast streaming stick, or Barnes & Noble Inc. Nook tablet.

But all that may soon change. As reported by Multichannel News, TW Cable executives would also like to extend TWC TV's reach to as many platforms as possible, including the popular Chromecast dongle. They also told the publication that they would like to transform the TWC TV app into essentially a virtual cable set-top box, enabling it to bring all the functions of a traditional cable set-top to any connected device.

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
12/29/2013 | 9:32:50 PM
An ongoing battle
Being on seven platforms is pretty impressive, but it also seems like an endless battle. For instance, people might forget about the other seven real quick if you're not on the newest Xbox.
albreznick
50%
50%
albreznick,
User Rank: Blogger
12/19/2013 | 5:35:53 PM
Re: Charter One?
If Charter succeeds in its quest, i think they'll incorporate TWC's initiative into their own efforts. They certainly won't shut down what TWC is doing. If anything, it should accelerate Charter's own TVE drive. 
Phil_Britt
50%
50%
Phil_Britt,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/19/2013 | 3:14:49 PM
Charter One?
If Charter One makes a successful bid for Time Warner, how do you expect this to impact TVEverywhere? I'm not in service territory for either. Personally, I like being away from the TV. I can use DVR to catch up on anything important (and there's little on TV that's important).
From The Founder
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Let's Get Past SD-WAN Hype

6|23|17   |   04:02   |   (0) comments


Technology becomes a "shiny object" unless it's properly focused on solving business needs for enterprise customers, says Bill Grubbs, network solutions architect for CenturyLink. He explains to Light Reading why SD-WAN deployments have to be tailored to specific needs – and more.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Infinera's Sales Director Paints Tech's Big Picture

6|21|17   |   4:14   |   (1) comment


Shannon Williams, Infinera's director of sales, shares how she achieves work's many balancing acts -- between her role and the broader company, today and tomorrow's tech and more.
LRTV Custom TV
SD-WAN Innovation & Trends

6|20|17   |     |   (0) comments


Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja discusses with Carol Wilson the current status and trends in the SD-WAN market, Versa's innovation around building a software platform with broad contextualization, and the advantages that startups can bring to the SD-WAN market.
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Dario Talmesio on 5G in Europe

6|20|17   |   02:16   |   (0) comments


At 5G World 2017, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader on Ovum's fixed and mobile telecoms European team, explains the emerging trends amongst European operators as they prepare for 5G.
LRTV Custom TV
Putting Power on a Pedestal

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


ARRIS's John Ulm says a major accomplishment of SCTE•ISBE's Energy 2020 program is increased focus on power cost and consumption, including inclusion of energy requirements in operators' RFPs and RFIs.
LRTV Custom TV
Gigabit Access: The Last-Mile Pipe for All Future Services

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


A Gigabit access platform being deployed today must be able to deliver all types of services to an increasing number of devices. A non-blocking architecture is necessary to support the ever-increasing growth in bandwidth demand. The Huawei Gigabit access solution is based on a distributed design that is fully scalable to deliver a unprecedented performance.
LRTV Custom TV
Key Factors to Successfully Deploy an SD-WAN Service

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


As service providers transition their SD-WAN solution from trials and limited deployments into production at large scale, there are important considerations to successfully operationalize these solutions and realize their full potential, without adding complexity, introducing uncertainty or disrupting current business operations. Sunil Khandekar, CEO and Founder ...
LRTV Custom TV
IoT Solutions: Rational Exuberance

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


IoT solutions are morphing from hype into viable business opportunities. Huawei has the platform and ecosystem support to help carriers successfully address new business opportunities in the IoT space.
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing ICN as a Network Slice for Mobile Data Distribution

6|19|17   |     |   (1) comment


Network slicing in 5G allows the potential introduction of new network architectures such as Information-centric Networks (ICN) as a slice, managed over a shared pool of compute, storage and bandwidth resource. Services over an ICN slice can benefit from many architectural features such as Name Based Networking, Security, Multicasting, Multi-homing, Mobility, ...
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Mike Roberts on 5G Uptake

6|19|17   |   04:08   |   (0) comments


Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's service provider markets group, explains why he has boosted his 5G subscriptions forecast.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T's Hubbard on Intersection of SD-WAN & MPLS

6|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


Rick Hubbard, SVP of Network Product Management for AT&T Business Solutions, discusses how AT&T's approach to SD-WAN fits in with its overall virtualization strategy, explains how SD-WAN can improve enterprise customers' use of the cloud and addresses the intersection of SD-WAN and MPLS.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Keep Connected IoT Devices Under Control With Allot

6|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


Allot AVP of International Pre-Sales, Daniel Keidar, explains how communications service providers can protect infrastructure and service availability from flooding attacks caused by malfunctioning or bot-infected devices connected to their network.
Upcoming Live Events
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Netflix's Lesson in Culture Expectation Settings
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
No Imagination: UK Chip Biz Goes Up for Sale
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/22/2017
Kalanick Steps Down as Uber CEO
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
BT Tech Chief Makes Plea to 5G Chip Vendors
Ray Le Maistre, International Group Editor, 6/20/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.