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Time Warner Cable App Bringing 300 Shows To The Xbox 360

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  1. CatfishRivers

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    Time Warner Cable app bringing 300 shows to the Xbox 360 (click for full article)

    by Matt Liebl - July 1, 2013

    "Microsoft and Time Warner Cable announced a new deal today that will deliver up to 300 live TV channels to the Xbox 360. Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox LIVE Gold membership will have access to to their favorite shows directly from the Xbox 360. Channels under the Time Warner Cable banner include AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, and HGTV.


    Originally I thought this was going to replace the need for having a cable subscription, but turns out you'll need to be a Time Warner Cable subscriber, so I really don't understand the benefit. I presume you'll be able to watch shows on demand? I really don't see a point to the app otherwise, unless you just like the idea of controlling your television with your voice via the Kinect.


    The TWC TV app is set to launch later this year. You'll have to log-in with your Time Warner Cable credentials before you get access to the channels and programs. As of right now, the app is only confirmed for the Xbox 360, but with the Xbox One's ability to seamlessly switch between live television and games, it's hard to imagine it won't find its way over to Microsoft's new console."
     
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    I knew that Microsoft wasn't going to offer TV channels without verification of a cable TV subscription.

    I still see the advantage in that one won't need a cable box and could just do everything through Xbox. The less boxes the better.

    In contrast to GTV - which currently has no "official" live (or on-demand) TV channel apps - and requires a GTV box running on top of a cable box. (GTV can currently access a limited amount of online on-demand content with the GTV browser & no cable box - from a few TV channel web sites such as ESPN3 and PBS).

    The GTV OS doesn't search on-demand TV programming from the cable TV providers - EXCEPT for the enhanced integration offered through Dish Network. So if Xbox offers full integration of on-demand TV programming through Kinect searches that would be an additional benefit.

    I suppose one could argue the drawback to the TV programming on Xbox is that it also requires an Xbox Gold subscription (in addition to the cable TV subscription). I believe the Xbox Gold subscription costs $60/year.
     
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    Roku supports this for quite sometimes now, btw … see chart.


    • On-demand will be supported later this year (currently available only on iPad).
    • Digital tier, one Cable-box & TWC modem are min requirement.

    The advantage, better UI and no need for additional cable-boxes around the house.

    Anyway, that’s a good sign, cable operators offer more options (for start) … :)
     
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