Time Warner, the cable company, is set to launch their iPad app tomorrow, which enables cable subscribers to stream live TV to the tablet device. But before you get too excited there are a few things you should know.
First off, you’ll need to be a Time Warner subscriber with at least their Standard/Basic service. Additionally, you’ll need to register for a Time Warner account online. All simple and palatable things, right? The big catch is that you must to be at home and connected to the web on a Time Warner Internet connection to access the live feed. From what little we know this will be a free app to entice customer’s to sign up, though the value propositiion is pretty weak considering it can’t be accessed outside of your home.
Initially 32 HD channels will be available, including A&E, ABC, AMC, BET, Animal Planet, CNN, CNBC, Discovery, E!, Fox News, FX and a few others. However, some shows will be blacked out for West Coast customers, or at the very least delayed until the appropriate airing time.
We would have preferred that Time Warner offered this as value add for existing customers and as a separate package for Internet only subscribers at an additional monthly cost of $10. But hey, life ain’t perfect and nor are the cable companies.