30 September 2011

TWCable TV iPad app 2.5

Today Time Warner Cable released a new version of its TWCable TV app for iPad. There are a few new tweaks, but little about which to get excited except for the hearing impaired and the lawyers.

According to its blog post, TWC is providing 3 new features in this version: "basic" search (for shows by title), closed captioning and parental controls to block live viewing of certain channels on the app itself.

Search box in upper right corner of the guide

Closed captioning in the settings menu
and in action

and parental controls

In other words, nothing too dramatic. Closed captioning is interesting because in addition to the benefits to the hearing-impaired iPad users, it was one of the things cited by Viacom in its since-dropped legal action against Time Warner Cable as a difference between a TV set and the iPad app.

For my account, there are no new channels available unlike the last iPad app update which added 15.  There are still 87 channels the only change I noticed was that the app now has the HD feed of Cooking Channel SD feed.  Of the 87 channels, 21 are now SD and 2 of those are 21 are services carried in HD on the system (Bloomberg and Sundance).

  1. A&E HD
  2. ABC Family HD
  3. Africa Channel HD
  4. AMC HD
  5. Animal Planet HD
  6. Bio HD
  7. Bloomberg (still SD)
  8. Boomerang (SD)
  9. Bravo HD
  10. Cartoon Network HD
  11. Chiller (SD)
  12. CNBC HD+
  13. CNBC World (SD)
  14. CNN HD
  15. CNN International (SD)
  16. Cooking Channel HD
  17. C-SPAN HD
  18. C-SPAN2 HD
  19. C-SPAN3 HD
  20. Current TV (SD)
  21. Discovery Channel HD
  22. Discovery Fit & Health (SD)
  23. Disney Channel HD
  24. Disney XD HD
  25. DIY HD
  26. E! HD
  27. ESPN Classic (SD) - this service is not on the WatchESPN app
  28. ESPNews HD
  29. EWTN SD
  30. Food Network HD
  31. Fox Business HD
  32. Fox News HD
  33. FX HD
  34. G4 HD
  35. Galavision HD
  36. Gol TV HD
  37. Golf HD
  38. Gospel Music HD
  39. Great American Country (SD)
  40. GSN (looks like HD)
  41. Hallmark Channel HD
  42. HGTV HD
  43. History HD
  44. History International HD
  45. HLN HD
  46. Home Shopping Network HD
  47. Hub HD
  48. IFC HD
  49. Investigation Discovery HD
  50. Jewelry Television by ACN (SD) -- the weird branding continues
  51. Jewish Life TV (SD)
  52. Lifetime HD
  53. Lifetime Movie Network HD
  54. Lifetime Real Women (SD)
  55. Mav TV HD
  56. Military Channel (SD)
  57. MSNBC HD
  58. Mun2 (SD)
  59. National Geographic HD
  60. National Geographic Wild HD
  61. NY1 News HD
  62. NY1 Noticias for Time Warner (SD) -- odd "for TW" branding continues
  63. Oprah Winfrey Network HD
  64. Ovation (SD) looks like HD
  65. Oxygen HD
  66. Planet Green HD
  67. QVC HD
  68. Reelz Channel HD
  69. Science HD
  70. Shop NBC (SD)
  71. Sleuth (SD)
  72. Smithsonian HD
  73. SoapNet (SD)
  74. Style HD
  75. Sundance (still, oddly SD)
  76. SyFy HD
  77. Tennis Channel HD
  78. TLC HD
  79. Travel Channel HD
  80. TruTV HD
  81. Turner Classic Movies HD
  82. TV Guide HD
  83. TV One HD
  84. Universal HD
  85. USA HD
  86. WE tv HD
  87. Word Network (SD)
This is version 2.5.4474 of the app.

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