Cox TV Connect App for iPad Streams Live TV to Cox Customers

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Following in the footsteps of DirecTV, Cablevision, and Time Warner, Cox Communications is now offering a free iPad App called Cox TV Connect for iPad that live TV streaming for iPad customers at home.
Cox TV Connect allows you to watch popular shows LIVE, right on your iPad:

- Watch TV on your iPad from anywhere in your house.
- Choose from more than 35 popular channels.
- Yours to enjoy for free as a subscriber to Cox TV Essential and Cox Preferred, Premier or Ultimate Internet service.
Users must be a customer of both Cox TV and Cox internet service in order to be eligible to stream TV to their iPads. [App Store]

Article Link: Cox TV Connect App for iPad Streams Live TV to Cox Customers
 

Fandongo

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I thought by now we would start seeing individual networks go rogue via subscription.

Is big telecom that vital?

Will people ever be able to pay for only networks/shows they want?
...and not at $2 per old episode x20 episodes/season.
$1?
 

DirtySocks85

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It's about time Cox did something right. Too bad it's iPad only and not iPhone as well. I don't own an iPad, but it'd be nice to be able to watch cable tv on my iPhone, particularly for sporting events.
 

bigandtasty

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This is the future. If Apple can get all TV services (OK, a bunch of them) to put out apps and allow direct streaming to Live content, they can not only port Live TV services to all IOS devices, they can have them all be used with iTV and therefor ditch any boxes. When Steve "Finally Cracked It" it was with apps/IOS IMO.

Keep em coming
 

ryanmcv

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The fact that you can only use this app in your own home kind of defeats the purpose of having an iPad. Nevertheless, I guess it's a step in the right direction.
 

ryanmcv

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Is this still the version that's Wi-Fi only, and routes the stream via a Cox-supplied set-top box?

Cause that's pretty hokey.
I don't think it routes it through the set-top box, as I was watching one channel on my TV and another on my iPad. But yes, you can only use this when in your own home, connected through Wi-Fi to your own Cox Internet connection.
 

b166er

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This is the future. If Apple can get all TV services (OK, a bunch of them) to put out apps and allow direct streaming to Live content, they can not only port Live TV services to all IOS devices, they can have them all be used with iTV and therefor ditch any boxes. When Steve "Finally Cracked It" it was with apps/IOS IMO.

Keep em coming
According to that train of thought....

Isn't this the same as buying any old tv and just getting cable? Why would I need an iTV and a bunch of apps just to do what my current tv already is doing right now? And as the article mentioned there are numerous apps out there that allow live content on iOS devices (although it is at the mercy of the cable provider).

The iTV better be much more than stuff like this or I can't imagine it taking off. I'm excited to see what Apple has in store for it. I was hoping to pay by channel or show which I don't thing will ever actually happen. I'm trying to hold off on buying a new TV until we have some more solid rumors (or even facts) on what iTV will be like.
 

spencers

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Just downloaded the app..
Freaking AWESOME! And HD channels, to boot!

Too bad my 3 months of free cable TV ends Dec. 31. I will not be paying $50 a month for basic cable... Sorry Cox.

However, Cox supplies our internet and television at work... :D

And no, I do not have a STB. Just a 20MB connection and basic cable.

 

Scott90

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According to that train of thought....

Isn't this the same as buying any old tv and just getting cable? Why would I need an iTV and a bunch of apps just to do what my current tv already is doing right now? And as the article mentioned there are numerous apps out there that allow live content on iOS devices (although it is at the mercy of the cable provider).

The iTV better be much more than stuff like this or I can't imagine it taking off. I'm excited to see what Apple has in store for it. I was hoping to pay by channel or show which I don't thing will ever actually happen. I'm trying to hold off on buying a new TV until we have some more solid rumors (or even facts) on what iTV will be like.
You won't need a bunch of apps, just 1 for the cable subscription you have. The app will eliminate a set-top box, however, and some of the possibilities that brings include the unlimited recording of shows at the same time and Siri integration ("I want to watch the game").
 

jwdsail

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The cable cos still just don't get it, do they?

As long as these apps only work when connected to their own network, they are pretty much useless.

As long as I'm a paying customer, and have a valid log-in, they shouldn't care how or where I'm watching.

The more the powers that be in the entertainment industry treat paying customers like criminals, the more they're just going to push us all away, and into alternative solutions. Independent content creators deserve our support and hard earned dollars far more than these racketeers..
 

ShiftyPig

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This is the future. If Apple can get all TV services (OK, a bunch of them) to put out apps and allow direct streaming to Live content, they can not only port Live TV services to all IOS devices, they can have them all be used with iTV and therefor ditch any boxes. When Steve "Finally Cracked It" it was with apps/IOS IMO.

Keep em coming
This hasn't cracked anything.... you still have to be on your home Internet connection for it to work. Right, the cable company is going to let you ditch their box and stream anything to your iPad :rolleyes:
 

TTarkas

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Ok, so I'm supposed to watch TV in my own house on a 10 inch screen instead of a big screen. And The money equation is not changed at all. I still pay for internet and cable.

This is better than a TV and a DVR how? exactly? Can I skip ads better? Time shifting? Watch any show on the cable networks any time after it's originally aired. That would be a cool feature and worth paying for.
 

japanime

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This is the future. If Apple can get all TV services (OK, a bunch of them) to put out apps and allow direct streaming to Live content, they can not only port Live TV services to all IOS devices, they can have them all be used with iTV and therefor ditch any boxes. When Steve "Finally Cracked It" it was with apps/IOS IMO.

Keep em coming
I personally hope that this isn't the future. So far, all these services require a cable-subscription plan. I want a future in which cable TV plays absolutely no role.
 

Swift

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I thought by now we would start seeing individual networks go rogue via subscription.

Is big telecom that vital?

Will people ever be able to pay for only networks/shows they want?
...and not at $2 per old episode x20 episodes/season.
$1?
The big gatekeepers, the wireless and cable honchos, make decent dollars from just selling the bandwidth wholesale. But they make a KILLING by clustering all your services to together in tiers, and then, to get something good from level 4, you're spending over $100 for cable TV alone, and you're paying for a lot of crap you'll never want. Sure you can buy a season of a good show for about $35 (Mad Men, for example), and watch Netflix, and Apple TV. But they want to keep pretending that 500 channels is a useful way to transmit information to you, because that's where the Kabletowns make the money.
 
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