Cox TV Connect streaming app goes live in App Store

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Date: Monday, December 5th, 2011, 11:13
Category: iPad, News, Software

You’re fond of your cable service and you’re fond of your iPad, so maybe it’s time for the two of them to finally tie the knot.

Per Electronista, Cox on Monday rolled out its Live TV streaming app in the form of its free Cox TV Connect for the iPad. As with those from most other cable providers, it lets those with the Apple tablet watch live TV as long as they’re on Wi-Fi paired up with a Cox Internet connection and the right level of TV service. The app has a full programming guide and lets viewers watch through an inset while they check the full guide, or else launches a pop-over to show other currently running shows while minimizing the effect on the full-screen view.

The access isn’t a full range of channels but includes 35 more frequently watched channels, such as AMC, Bravo, History, and Spike.

Anyone who uses the app can get away with watching through at least a Cox TV Essential bundle, but they also need a Preferred, Premier, or Ultimate Internet connection. The app itself requires any iPad that can run at least iOS 4.3. No mention has been made of Android or iPhone ports.

As with most such services, the in-home requirement is likely to appease TV producers that see tablet TV as a second use, even if it’s the same feed. Viacom has tried suing providers like Cablevision, even for service within the home.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve tried the app on your end, please let us know how it went in the comments.

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4 Responses to “Cox TV Connect streaming app goes live in App Store”

  1.  

    It is good to see another TV company move forward with their
    own version of TV Everywhere. I just don’t understand why there are so many
    restrictions. It only works on the iPad and you can only stream while on your
    home network and only if you have the right internet service! That doesn’t even
    start to touch on the lack of TV channels. I pay for a full subscription, why
    wouldn’t I be able to watch all the channels I pay for? With DISH Network I
    subscribe to over 250 channels. 35 doesn’t seem like much value. As a DISH
    employee I know they are the only company to really embrace TV Everywhere. I
    have a Sling Adapter that I got for free with a promotional offer. With it I
    can stream all of my TV channels, live as well as all of my DVR recordings. Personally
    I have an Android phone, but any compatible iOS, Android or Blackberry device
    will work. All I need is 3g, 4g or WIFI network access and I can stream
    anywhere I go. I don’t know why others have so many restrictions but it makes
    me glad I have DISH!

  2. disappointed that it has to be one plateform. making me think more and more of going elsewhere.

  3. I felt the same way. Almost all of the Cable apps are only for the iPad. They don’t even support the iPhone. DISH Remote Access and the Sling Adapter work on any compatible device. iOS, Android, even Blackberry is supported. I use my HTC Evo all the time.  I think DISH understands the market a little better. It isn’t about the specific device, it’s about streaming.

  4. nothing for android based phones?