Time Warner Cable customers with Apple devices will be able to take their cable TV with them when they go out, beginning today.
The cable company is launching a new app for Apple devices such as the iPad, iPod and iPhone that will let subscribers watch programming and on-demand video while they’re away from home, even if it’s somewhere that’s outside the cable company’s service territory. Previously, the programming was available only within the subscriber’s home.
Time Warner will make as many as 11 live national news, sports and entertainment channels available outside the home starting at 10 a.m. today, according to Maureen Huff, a company spokeswoman. They include the YNN Buffalo, the cable company’s local news network, along with TV Guide Network, the Pac-12 network and BBC America.
The app also will be able to access more than 1,100 hours of on-demand TV shows and movies from 26 different networks, such as Comedy Central, MTV, TV Land, Nickelodeon and the Travel Channel.
Programming from other major media companies, such as Walt Disney Co., which owns ESPN, ABC Family and the Disney Channel, is not available. Neither are channels offered by Turner Broadcasting, including CNN, TBS and TNT, or other networks such as MSNBC or USA.
The cable provider is following the lead of Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, in giving customers certain live and on-demand content on mobile apps. It’s part of a cable-industry shift toward a concept known as “TV Everywhere,” where subscribers can watch television in any location with a wireless connection.
Time Warner subscribers with Android devices are not able to use the TWC TV app to view programming outside the home.