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Time Warner Cable details 2.0 iPad app, blocks jailbreakers

updated 10:55 am EDT, Thu July 7, 2011

App blocks access from jailbroken iPads

Time Warner Cable has introduced a major update to its iPad app, TWCable TV, which now blocks access from jailbroken devices. Version 2.0 enables users to access a wider range of channels, with more than 100 channels now supported. The interface has also been improved, adding an interactive program guide for setting favorite channels or viewing program listings for up to seven days. Users can also remotely manage their DVR scheduling directly from the app.

Users are reportedly blocked from accessing the app's range of content from a jailbroken iPad. A screenshot posted on Engadget shows an error message, which explicitly states that TWCable TV is "not supported on 'jailbroken' devices."

TWCable TV 2.0 is now available as a free download from the App Store. Users must have a Time Warner Cable subscription at the Expanded Basic level or higher, while the DVR functionality is limited to supported set-top boxes.

By Electronista Staff


  1. AlenShapiro

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2000


    Such a silly app

    Aside from the jailbreak issue, unless they've changed it, the app will only work if you're using the cable modem that your subscription is registered through. In other words, you can only use the application from your home and not from anyone else's home even if they have a TW cable modem. The application acts like a glorified DVR and alternate viewing device within your own home with a smaller screen than your TV and far worse sound (mono at that).

    Heck, with a little fiddling, you could probably fix the small screen and bad sound and get it to play on your 40+ inch TV in stereo via an Apple TV and airplay ... no wait ... why would I do that?

    I'm curious about the Jailbreak issue. Is TW setting itself up as Apple's policeman or is there some reason to avoid JB'd devices. Perhaps, they're storing content on the iPad in a plainly accessible form and don't want their shows being scp'd to other storage media. So rather than figure out a secure storage mechanism TW is prepared to inconvenience its more tech-savy subscribers.

    Not a very smart move if the block proves to be real IMHO.

  1. gprovida

    Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 2006


    Opportunities Knock

    It would be great if Warner offered subscription on line with apps to their cable service in areas not served by the copper over Comcast or FIOS Internet. Woohoo competition rises.

  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008



    Why should they care if its JailBroken? And how are they discovering this? And if they can discover that, why does Apple not similarly block all JailBroken devices?

  1. facebook_Donald

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jul 2011


    I was saying boourns

    I have a previously Jailbroken iPad (restored to factory about a week after I did it) and I still get the can't use on a jailbroken iPad message. Nice app to have if you're in the yard but I wont miss it.

  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004



    Don't these companies realize that when they put these artificial limitations in their apps that people will just not use them or find a way around the limitation? All that time and effort wasted trying to stop someone from doing something that doesn't hurt them in the first place.

    Plus who uses cable anymore anyhow? We have switched to:
    1. Hulu (if needed)
    2. Netflix (DVD and streaming)
    3. Video games
    4. Books (OMG!!!)
    5. Music

    s**** the cable companies.

  1. tc17

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2011



    This makes no sense. Why does Time Warner even care? Their app is even free.

    I never downloaded it anyways because it's pointless, if you already own a tv.

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