TW Cable Tunes Up Android TV Plan

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.

  • Speaking of game consoles, Comcast was supporting the standalone HBO GO app on the Xbox 360 sometime as of Tuesday morning. The MSO previously provided access to HBO's TV Everywhere content only via its own Xfinity TV app. (See Xfinity TV Meets the Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Streams In Comcast, HBO & MLB.TV.)

  • Avail-TVN has launched AnyView Authentication, a managed service designed to help service provider partners rapidly offer TV Everywhere services via the separate video portals run by programmers such as Fox Broadcasting Co. , Turner Broadcasting System Inc. , HBO, NBCUniversal LLC and ESPN. The company said it new service also takes on tasks such as billing management and support systems integration.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:36:46 PM
    re: TW Cable Tunes Up Android TV Plan

    It is a great spot to test new things like IPTV, but here is where I get to explain why you're not seeing reference to that item anymore. Turns out the WSJ story referenced was from a ways back, so I took it out (yes, I just crawled out from under a rock after making that embarassing mistake).

    But it does seem as though this region of the country is becoming popular for the MSO to try out new things.  I'll have more info along those lines soon, and I promise that it won't be a rehash. JB


    AESerm 12/5/2012 | 5:36:46 PM
    re: TW Cable Tunes Up Android TV Plan

    The college campus is an ideal spot for IPTV, even apart from the hiqh quantity of IP-enabled devices. I'm thinking ease of provisioning, as service to dorms needs to be turned on/off 2x a year. This MIT crowd will likely be hard to please. It will either become a showcase, or not. 

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