updated 11:05 am EDT, Thu August 12, 2010
Time Warner Cable to bring out TV iPad app
Time Warner Cable is the latest cable, satellite or IPTV company to soon bring out an iPad app that will make watching TV easier. Thus far, it involves an interactive program guide that can be used to schedule recordings and act as a remote control, but eventually the company plans to let viewers stream programs to their iPad wherever they are. Users would also be able to watch part of a program on their portable devices while returning from work, for example, and continue to view the program in their living rooms once they get home.
Browsing the program guide and searching for specific programs would also be made easier through the use of metadata and the ability to group programs by category. There is the possibility that users will be capable of creating personalized content or recommendations based on what they view regularly.
The app was built by Time Warner Cable and web service APIs were built around it. Time Warner can share these with third-party developers to make their own applications for devices other than the iPad. This may include Internet-connected TVs, smartphones, other tablets and gaming consoles. [via NewTeeVee]