Cable provider releases iPad app
By Scott Pachilis
Around the Town Editor
Recent advertisements for Time Warner Cable's new iPad app have been airing.
The idea is for TWC subscribers to be able to stream live television via this application anywhere they please.
In theory this app sounds amazing. However, at the moment, it seems like a misfire.
The user won't have access to their full channel lineup. Instead, the app launched with approximately 30 channels to select from.
All of the channels are labeled as HD. However, none of them are true high definition sources that reach a 720p display.
The app is bare bones. There are no menus, just a list of channels on the lefthand side to scroll and choose from. That's it. No program guide, remote functionality or ability to use the iPad 2's HD out capabilities.
Considering the app is free, there isn't much to complain about. Until about two weeks after the app launched that is.
Time Warner was forced to remove all channels owned by Discovery, Fox or Viacom. This brought the total channel lineup to 20, losing popular channels like Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.
Not only that, but Time Warner is preparing a court case against these companies over who obtains the rights to these channels on the portable devices in consumer's homes, the network or the cable provider.
Again, the app is free so there's no harm in trying it out. Just don't expect it to be the next evolution of television. Not yet anyways.