Time Warner Cable just posted their free live TV streaming app for iPad. Dubbed TWCable TV, it lets their subscribers stream live cable television programming via a high-speed WiFi connection to an iPad, the stuff like Bravo, Food Network, CNBC news and other selected live cable TV channels. The announcement has agitated spirits, prompting rival Dish Network to argue its Dish Remote Access app was first with live television streaming, even issuing a press release to back the claim.
TWCable TV features a handy channel guide and offers a selection of 32 cherry-picked channels for live streaming, but it falls short in advanced features found in similar offerings. For example, there are no parental controls or DVR scheduling capabilities. Likewise, the remote control functionality is nowhere to be found.
On a brighter note, the TWCable TV app doesn’t require a dedicated box whereas Dish Network’s program only works in conjunction with a Sling-enabled device. However, the Dish Remote Access app can tune in to any channel and it supports DVR recordings and remote control capabilities.