Time Warner Cable iPad App – First Impression Review [video]

Yesterday, we told you that Time Warner Cable was about to launch its in-home streaming app for the iPad, and as of earlier this morning, the app is available for download on the App Store. The app is reserved to Time Warner Cable customers only, and luckily, our very own Jerry Collins happens to be one of them. According to the cable company, the app lets you watch your favorite networks on your iPad in your home for free, and turns your iPad into another TV screen. Does the app live up to the expectations? The app is extremely straightforward, as all it does is stream content to your iPad. No remote control capabilities, no program guide, simply a list of 30 channels to choose from. Time Warner’s goal is to turn your iPad into a portable television screen you can carry anywhere inside your house, and the app does exactly that. The channels look great, as they come in semi-HD, with a resolution of about 1024×640, based on our estimates. It’s not real 720p, but on the iPad screen, the resolution offered by the videos is more than sufficient. We decided to use the video out capability of our new iPad 2, to see how the app looks on an actual HDTV (see video below), to check if the iPad could actually be used to replace a cable box. While the quality is vastly better than standard resolution TV, we were disappointed by the fact that the app was not able to output video at a higher resolution, such as 720p. As a result, the channels do not look anywhere near as good as the same channels, when viewed via a Time Warner Cable set-top box.

Overall, casual viewers will love the additional, convenient, and most importantly portable TV screen. More serious viewers will likely have to wait until Time Warner Cable updates the app to offer a richer channel line-up, 720p HD out, remote control capabilities, as well as a full blown program guide. The app is free for Time Warner Cable customers, and can be downloaded here. Note that the app will only work on your home WiFi network. Full channel line-up:
  • A&E HD
  • ABC Family HD
  • AMC HD
  • Animal Planet HD
  • BET HD
  • Bravo HD
  • CMT HD
  • CNBC HD
  • CNN HD
  • Comedy Central HD
  • Discovery HD
  • Disney Channel HD
  • E! HD
  • Food Network HD
  • Fox NEws HD
  • FX HD
  • Galavision HD
  • Hallmark Channel HD
  • HGTV HD
  • History HD
  • HLN HD
  • LMN HD
  • MSNBC HD
  • MTV HD
  • Nat Geo HD
  • Nickelodeon HD
  • Spike HD
  • SyFy HD
  • TLC HD
  • Travel Channel HD
  • USA HD
  • VH1 HD