April 17, 2012

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Now Launching TWC TV for Android release 2.0, Featuring Live Video

Sweet news, Android-lovers: our TWC TV for Android release 2.0, featuring live video enhancement for Android 4.x devices, is happening right this minute.

It will take some time for it to propagate across the Google Play servers, but should be available by 3PM EST.

I wrote about this in more detail a week or so ago, and I’d encourage you to read that post again.

Essentially, it boils down to this:

While we now offer live video to users with Ice Cream Sandwich on their Android devices, we have no control over whether or not your particular device has Ice Cream Sandwich yet. Once your device upgrades, you’re off to the races.

Here’s a direct link to TWC TV for Android release 2.0 in Google Play.

If you experience difficulty (meaning the app will not launch following upgrade), you’ll need to uninstall the app and reinstall.

To uninstall, go to: applications / settings / apps / select TWC TV from the list, then tap “uninstall”. Or, simply go the main app page and drag the old version to the trash. After removal, return to Google Play (formerly Android market) and reinstall TWC TV. This will fix the issue.

This won’t work on rooted devices – for the same reason it doesn’t work on jailbroken iOS devices. We promise our programming partners a secure, in-home experience when we offer this free product, and rooted/jailbroken devices subvert the security that we are obliged to offer our partners.

+- 8 Comments

  1. Ashton's reply

    To bad a lot of Android users are not on ICS yet…

  2. LK's reply

    BS. Rooting does not comprimise your DRM. Even if it did, users do have the right to record, for personal use, television programming.

  3. Jeff Rash's reply

    Rooting Android only gives you admin or root access on the device. This is something that Windows and Linux come with out of the box. You are not blocking Windows or Linux clients that have administrator or root accounts.

  4. Mike Milo's reply

    That’s ridiculous to block us rooted users. It borders on prejudice. I was very excited to hear I might be able to watch my favorite shows from my phone but you fail TWC. What about the HBO Go app? Its owned by the same company and yet I can watch shows from that. Your lawyers are fools. There’s no way we could compromise the shows we watch anymore than we can with your DVR. Epic fail TWC. Epic fail. Its kinda like saying we should not have access to our bank accounts online since we might start a corporate takeover from our phone.

  5. Skylar's reply

    Your explanation about why you don’t allow rooted devices clearly indicates no one at TWC understands technology. As pointed out in other comments, “root” access simply grants you admin level permissions. My Windows 7 box logs me into Windows as an admin every day all day, and you never block my TWC access on that?

    Rooting does not compromise your DRM, security, or any other BS excuse you can come up with. You clearly don’t understand what it is, and not understanding scares you – so you block it.

    I think you made the choice very clear for me. When my contract is up, it’s over to DirectTV I go. They allow my tablet to view TV no matter how I have it configured.

  6. Tony's reply

    I am also extremely disappointed, after waiting so long for live streaming for my ICS device, to find this prohibition against rooting. I have rooted my device simply so that I can run software that allows me to access files on it from Windows computers in my network. Rooting my phone does not allow me to subvert things like DRM or anything that would be a threat to your content providers. It merely allows me to install applications that access the system at a “lower level” than might otherwise be possible.

    As others have noted, it makes no more sense to block rooted Android devices than it does to block Windows PCs that permit administrative access (which is all of them). You are letting lawyers make decisions for you about technical things they don’t fully understand.

    Finally, I hope you realize that by instituting this restriction, you merely invite an “arms race” between your application developers and those who will figure out ways to disable or thwart the “is my device rooted” check. I can practically guarantee you that someone out there is reverse engineering the code as we speak, and that patches and the like to get around your rooted device restrictions will be published within a week or two. I’m not saying *I* would do this — I don’t have the skills — but I know there are people out there who do, and who will. So in the end this does nothing but antagonize legitimate users and invite people (both scrupulous and unscrupulous) to find workarounds. It’s a bad idea, and I’m very sorry to hear you were talked into it.

  7. angela's reply

    will there ever be an option to watch what is on our dvr with this (or another) app? I know thats a lot more complicated that it seems but I was thinking how nice that would be lol

  8. Duncan's reply

    Any news on when the app will be available for Jelly Bean?

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