Time Warner Cable Updates Live TV App for iPad, Shuts Out Jailbreakers

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Time Warner Cable today announced the release of a major update to its TWCable TV app for iPad, increasing the number of channels available for live viewing to over 100 and adding new channel guide, remote control, and DVR management capabilities when used with compatible set-top boxes.


    But as noted by Engadget, the updated app also brings one other unpublicized change: jailbreak detection that renders the app inoperable on jailbroken devices. Time Warner Cable offers no specific reason for its disabling of the app for jailbroken devices, although it seems likely that the cable company fears unauthorized tools that could facilitiate unauthorized usage of the live TV feeds being sent through the app.

    On a separate note, Time Warner Cable and Viacom have been said to be negotiating a settlement to a legal dispute that saw Viacom channels such as Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon quickly removed from the TWCable TV app after its debut, but the Viacom channels have yet to make their return to the platform.

    Article Link: Time Warner Cable Updates Live TV App for iPad, Shuts Out Jailbreakers
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
  3. macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
    This is disheartening to read.

    I understand their concern - however this was just a bit unnecessary. If people want to copy their video feeds they will. It's that simple.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    i imagine someone'll come up with a work around. or people simply won't install the new version
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I have a feeling that they are the first of what could be many developers following suit and intentionally breaking their apps on jailbroken devices.

    I could easily see HBO, Comcast, and others following suit.

  6. macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2010
    Gahanna, OH
    I'm going to assume other developers will follow. :(
  7. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Tomorrow: Jailbreakers release a new tool to get around Time Warner jailbreak blocking code by spoofing such and such and adding a line of code to the file in the blah blah blah...

    Seriously, why try to fight the Jailbreakers? They will always find a way. You're wasting your time and resources, Time Warner Cable. If anything, they will see this as more of a challenge now that you've publicized it. Good luck with that.

    I wish Mediacom would get off their lazy butts and make a cool iPad app, but HAHAHAHAHA who am I kidding we're talking about Mediacom! Hahaha a stupid local provider that is so backwards that when troubleshooting connection issues on the phone, they don't understand and get very confused when I tell them I don't have Internet Explorer, lol.

    ...I can't wait to move back to the city. Next year!!
  8. macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    lol yeah this was the first thing I thought of. There's no point TWC! Resistance is futile!
  9. macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Time Warner Cable is the dumbest company around. Their Internet, phone, and TV services are horrible and unreliable. Now they try to shut out jailbreakers? Pitiful. If people want access to the files for the app, then they can do so WITHOUT being jailbroken. Fire up iPhoneExplorer for Windows or Mac OS X, and BAM. View all the files. People can then change them up or view them.
  10. macrumors regular

    May 1, 2011
    What's so idiotic is that there is no reason to block access to the jailbreak community as the only way to access the content in the first place is to be a paid subscriber. This will only anger existing customers.

    What will be interesting is to see if other app developers start implementing a similar jailbreak detection "feature" into their apps.
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2006
    how about you just don't jailbreak your phones? :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I hate cable companies so much.
  13. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    First the Skype iPhone app, and now this app from Time Warner cable! :mad:

    Well, at least Skype only displays a warning message (once) and works fine for me (Yes, my iPhone's jailbroken).
  14. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Who cares, it's a lousy program in the first place.

    Who watches tv on an ipad when your sitting at home and have your flat screen right in front of you.
  15. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Chances are the jailbreakers will figure out how to get around it but it might take a while depending on how tw did it. My guess is it trys to run some code that works on jailbroken phones but on non broken phones it fails.
    Mix that with server side checking to make sure most updated version it gets harder to get around.
    The jailbreakers way I am going to guess to get around this current blocking will make a modified version of the apk that is lacking the checking like they did for netflix for Android.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Somehow I don't think that will make much difference since this is all about the iPad.

    How about you just read the article and keep your snark to yourself? :rolleyes:
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    jailbreaking your iPhone has nothing to do with this app, since its for iPAD!! Not iPhone.

    Why dont you read the post.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    It's so simple! You're absolutely brilliant! You know the difference between an iPhone and iPad too!

    OT: I give it about 7 days before we see an app on Cydia that unrestricts not only this app, but any app using this restriction by emulating an unmodified iOS device.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Wish I would have seen this before I updated.

    Just because I wanted to customize the way folders work on my iPad doesn't mean I should be blocked out of the TWC app.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    And this is where install0us becomes very hand in the ability to downgrade...
  21. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    oh yes.....many people think we use install0us to pirate apps and games, I use it to downgrade apps that have crappy updates.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2008
  23. macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2011
  24. Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Do you have a TV in every room of your house? I most certainly don't. :rolleyes:

    This app has really come in handy for me.

    I care, it's a good app, I use it, and it's "you're".
  25. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado

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