As detailed on the Time Warner Cable’s Untangled blog, subscribers to Time Warner Cable can now access the HBO GO application on the Xbox 360, Roku set-top boxes and Samsung Internet-connected televisions. Customers of the company’s cable television service have had to wait for HBO GO access while competitors like Charter, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Verizon and AT&T enabled access for customers already. Comcast seems to be the last major holdout for enabling HBO GO across a wide range of devices, but the company did provide HBO GO access to Xbox 360 owners last month.
While Time Warner Cable does offer customers a selection of HBO programming through video-on-demand services, customers will have access to a wider range of HBO content and won’t have to rely on a rented cable box to access programming.
However, consumers that don’t subscribe to HBO through one of the included providers still have no way to watch current HBO shows and are forced to wait until each season of a HBO show is released on physical disc or digital rental services like iTunes. Also mentioned in a post on the official Roku blog, HBO GO access has also been expanded to customers on the Bright House Network and Cablevision’s Optimum.
In addition to the HBO GO announcement, Time Warner Cable’s Jeff Simmermon also mentioned that the dispute between the company and Viacom had been resolved this week. This means that Time Warner Cable subscribers will now be able to access Viacom-owned networks like Comedy Central and MTV through the TWC TV application that’s available on desktops, laptops and mobile devices like iOS and Android smartphones. According to the terms of the agreement, Time Warner Cable leveraged a negotiation to continue carrying Viacom’s Country Music Television (CMT) channel in order to encourage Viacom to allow Time Warner Cable customers to access programming on Internet protocol-enabled devices.
Beyond programming from premium cable providers, the majority of customers that have been leaving comments on Time Warner Cable’s blog are most interested in streaming access to ESPN3 across a wide range of devices. Starting last month, the company has enabled access to ESPN, FOX Sports and Turner Sports within regional markets such as New York City, Dallas and Charlotte. However, this streaming programming is only available through the TWC TV application. XBox 360 owners that want to watch ESPN3 programming through the console can find access through these providers which include major providers such as AT&T, Verizon, Cox and Comcast.
According to Bloomberg, Time Warner Cable is expect to strike a deal soon that will provide access to ESPN3. The same report indicates that ESPN officials are in talks with Apple to bring ESPN3 access to Apple TV devices, but a Time Warner official denied the report and Apple declined to comment on the matter. Similar to how the application works on the Xbox 360 or other streaming platforms, the Apple TV owner would need to have a cable subscription to enable access on the small set-top box.