Tuesday's cable news roundup kicks off with word that Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is getting ready to deliver live TV to Android devices.
TW Cable will offer a lineup of live TV channels on Android devices "[i]n a few weeks -- definitely by Memorial Day," the MSO revealed on its blog. The catch is that access to the live TV element will be limited to Android models outfitted with Ice Cream Sandwich, as it's the only version of the Android OS "that allows us the security and stability necessary to distribute video over our private network," the MSO adds. TW Cable already offers the live TV feature on its app on PCs and iOS devices. (See TW Cable Streams Live TV to PCs.)
Thirty-eight percent of all U.S. homes have at least one TV set connected to the Internet via a video game system, Blu-ray player, a discrete streaming device, or the TV set itself, Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG) found in its survey of 1,241 homes. That compared to 30 percent last year and 24 percent in its 2010 study. LRG said 28 percent of homes had a video console connected to broadband, while 4 percent relied on an Internet-enabled TV set, and just 1 percent used an Apple TV unit or Roku Inc. streaming device.