Today Charter Communications launched its Charter TV App, which provisions 130 live TV channels inside of subscribers’ homes.
The app is now available for free downloading from Apple iTunes App Store, Amazon App store and Android Apps on Google Play. On the Apple side, the app works on iPhone, iPad or iPad touch devices that are running on iOS 5.1 or higher. It also works on Kindle Fire, except for the first generation model, and the new Kindle Fire HDX. Android tablet and phones need to be running Android 4.0 or above to use the app.
Charter has had the app in the works for a while. It also lets authenticated users browse VOD titles and TV listings, schedule DVR recordings and receive recommendations. Charter declined to say what vendor it was using for the recommendations.
The app features content grouped by genres such as Kid Zone and Sport Zone. Kid Zone enables access to pre-approved kid-friendly content, creating a safe viewing experience for children while Sports Zone provides instant access to scores and sports content. Charter said that Sport Zone currently works with just the iOS devices, but support of Android devices was forthcoming.
Like other cable operator apps, such as Comcast, the app can also enable channel-zapping functions on customers’ devices.
"We are excited to bring our customers the Charter TV App delivering greater choice and flexibility in how they watch their favorite content in their homes," said Rich DiGeronimo, Charter's senior vice president, product and strategy. "Our new Charter TV App provides a fully-interactive and user-friendly viewing experience, allowing customers to watch live TV, customize DVR recordings, and browse thousands of on demand titles efficiently and intuitively."
With the app, customers that subscribe to Showtime can access those channels anywhere they go with a Wi-Fi connection. In addition to a Wi-Fi connection to stream the video, customers need to be Charter video subscribers with the appropriate emails and passwords to use the app.
Aside of Showtime, a Charter spokesman said the company was planning on adding more "out of home" channels in the future.