TW Cable Puts Android in the Picture
The MSO expects to launch the first Android app sometime next month, offering some of the basics -- an interactive program guide, the ability to use the tablet like a remote control, and a DVR Manager that lets customers set recordings remotely.
But the most interesting app -- streaming of a portion of the MSO's live TV channel lineup -- likely won't show up until early next year.
"After Android's release of Ice Cream Sandwich in the first few months of 2012, we will be able to offer a live streaming TV experience," the company noted Monday on its blog.
As with the MSO's popular iPad app, expect access to video streaming to be limited to the reach of the home Wi-Fi access point. TW Cable ruffled some feathers when it started letting customers stream to homebound iPads, and it's expected that out-of-home access won't come about until after the MSO and the networks smooth things over. TW Cable and Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) are trying to work out their differences outside the courtroom. (See TWC's iPad App Launches With (Some) Live TV and TW Cable, Viacom Take iPad Fight to Court .)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable