Tuesday, January 08, 2013

TWC TV app to stream 300 live channels to Roku boxes

Got a Roku set-top box? If you are a Time-Warner Cable customer, soon you won't need a dedicated TWC set-top box, the cable provider announced on Monday.

According to the announcement, the addition will come via a free TWC TV app which will be added to Roku's increasingly sizeable app store, sometime in the first quarter of this year. The app allows TWC subscribers to receive up to 300 live TV channels at no extra charge. It is already available on iOS, Android, PCs, and Macs (sorry, no Windows Phone and no Linux).

This will be the first time that TWC, the nation's second-largest cable company behind Comcast, will allow streaming of its live TV channels to a consumer device connected to the television, the company noted.

Anthony Wood, founder and CEO of Saratoga, California-based Roku, said in a statement:
The availability of a service like TWC TV on an open platform represents significant milestones for both Time Warner Cable and Roku as well as for the industry overall.
It's significant for Roku owners, as well. This change means that Roku owners no longer need a dedicated cable box, assuming they have a wi-fi signal. In addition, they no longer have to make an appointment with "Larry the Cable Guy" if they want to add a set-top box to a TV.

Of course, the Roku doesn't take the place of a DVR (unless you want to work a little). It does eliminate the additional monthly rental fee that usually comes with additional cable boxes, as well as eliminating coaxial cable in another room of the house.

When the TWC TV app hits the Roku platform later this quarter, it will be available on all recent Roku boxes (Roku 2 series, Roku HD, Roku LT, and Roku Streaming Stick).

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