TWC updates app, adds Kindle devices
Just in time for the holidays, Time Warner Cable has added support for Kindle tablets on its TWC TV app, and updated some features across Roku, Xbox and Samsung devices.
The TWC TV app now works with Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets for Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to its “standard” or “preferred” video tiers. Kindle users can download the free app from the Amazon Appstore.
With Kindle, authenticated Time Warner Cable subscribers now have access to 300 channels of live TV in their homes, plus 10 channels on the go, including BBC America, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Food Network, HGTV, Time Warner Cable News, Revolt TV, Travel Channel and TV Guide Network.
They’ll also have in-home access to more than 5,000 offerings of free and subscription-based VOD choices, with 1,100 available outside of their homes. Like other platforms, users can manage their recordings and change channels on compatible set-top boxes with their Kindle Fire tablets.
In addition to Kindle, Roku, Xbox and Samsung, the TWC TV app is supported on seven platforms, including Apple iOS devices, as well as on PC and Mac computers.
"At Time Warner Cable, we're very proud of how far TWC TV has come since its humble beginnings in 2011. This is an historic milestone in the evolution of TWC TV and demonstrates our unwavering commitment to delivering our customers the TV they want, when, where and how they want it," said Mike Angus, senior vice president and general manager, video for Time Warner Cable. "The addition of the Kindle Fire to our quiver and the expansion of TWC TV's existing applications on Roku, Samsung Smart TV and Xbox 360 bring new features, content and joy to our customers' viewing options."
In July , Time Warner Cable announced its app worked with Samsung Smart TVs, at least on models from last year or this year. The initial launch supported free and subscription-based on demand choices, but Time Warner Cable has upgraded the app to support live TV for its standard and preferred subscribers. Customers can view the full TWC TV channel lineup of up to 300 channels in any room with the appropriate Samsung TV by downloading the app from “Samsung Apps.”
Conversely, TWC TV made its debut on Roku in March  with support for live TV. Time Warner Cable recently added access to free and subscription-based VOD videos on Roku. Time Warner Cable also added support for a video window featuring the live stream of the last tuned channel, and improved browsing and on demand search functionality.
Time Warner Cable also updated its app for the Xbox 360 console by adding free and subscription-based VOD content, and the ability to message users while channel surfing via Xbox Live Messaging.