Time Warner Cable (NYS: TWC) continues to post updates to its app for Apple's (NAS: AAPL) popular iPad tablet, but the cable MSO still doesn't have similar apps for mobile phones and devices running Google's (NAS: GOOG) Android platform.
The MSO rolled out an upgrade of its iPad app this week, which it says improves the search functionality in addition to providing support for parental controls and the closed-captioning content. Subscribers can view live TV programming on their iPads from about 100 channels while in their home via a WiFi connection to a digital set-top. Time Warner Cable said last year when it first launched an app for the iPad that it would also develop similar apps for Android devices, but that hasn't yet happened.
Several TWC competitors already offer apps in the Android marketplace that allow subscribers to set remote DVR recordings and view TV listings, including DirecTV (NAS: DTV) , Verizon (NYS: VZ) and AT&T (NYS: T) .
Time Warner Cable's upgraded iPad app allows subscribers to search for programs by title or episode name, and also lets iPad users filter search results based on genres such as news, cooking, travel and sports. Director of digital communications Jeff Simmermon wrote in a blog post this week that the MSO plans to add an advanced search function to the iPad app by the first quarter of next year, which would allow subscribers to search for keywords from program descriptions, and along with cast and crew members.
The iPad upgrade also allows includes parental controls that let subscribers block channels from appearing in the program guide displayed on the app.
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