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TW Cable TV App Update for On-the-Go Viewing Has Stunted Lineup

Operator offering 10 national linear out-of-home feeds, of which only Fox News is a top channel

Time Warner Cable is unleashing its TWC TV app for Apple devices for use outside subscribers’ homes — but of the initial live lineup of 10 national nets, only Fox News Channel is a top-tier cabler.

The disparity of the programming available to subs inside vs. outside their homes underscores the challenge TWC and other pay-TV providers have in securing “TV Everywhere” content rights. Cable op does offer TVE access through net-branded apps, including the live-sports service WatchESPN and HBO Go.

The updated TWC TV app, to be available Wednesday, will include 1,100-plus hours of on-demand TV shows and movies from 26 cablers and up to 11 live TV news, sports and entertainment channels. No broadcast nets are represented in TWC TV app for out-of-home access (either live or on-demand).

The live channels include: Aspire, BBC America, beIN Sports, Big 10 Ten Network, FearNet, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, GMC, Pac-12 and TV Guide Network. The new app also will provide Time Warner Cable’s local news, traffic and weather channels, which include NY1 and NY1 Noticias in Gotham, YNN and News 14.

By contrast, cable op provides up to 300 live channels and 4,000 on-demand titles to subs on the app who are inside their home with a TWC-provided cable modem.

The outside-the-home programming is accessible over any Wi-Fi connection on Apple iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iPod iTouch devices. In addition, subs with Verizon Wireless iOS devices can stream shows over 3G or 4G LTE data connections.

“We were the first provider to bring live television to the iPad in the home,” Mike Angus, senior VP and general manager of video for Time Warner Cable, said in a statement. “The release of this TWC TV update is the next natural step towards our goal of giving customers even more of the content they love on every screen.”

TWC TV is available at no additional cost to Time Warner Cable video subscribers. Channel lineups vary by market and depend on the video subscription package to which a customer subscribes. In-home viewing of the app is available on Apple iOS, Android devices running release 4.0 or higher, PCs and Macs via TWCTV.com and Roku set-tops.

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