Time Warner Cable (TWC) subscribers who buy a new smart TV from Samsung can now watch video-on-demand programming without using a set-top box, the US operator announced on 31 July.
The firm said that its TWC TV app will function on 2012 and 2013 Samsung connected TVs. TWC customers will be able to launch the app by clicking on the ‘smart hub’ button on their Samsung remote control.
TWC has also launched the TWC TV app on PCs, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Roku’s streaming set-top boxes.
TWC said its subscribers would also be able to watch live TV on Samsung TVs by the end of the year.
TWC has also launched TWC Central, an online hub that allows customers to connect to news, entertainment and social networking, as well as its own web products. TWC Central will replace the Road Runner website, which had been seeing more than 5.7 million visits each month.
TWC called the new hub “a tremendous new redesign to the old Roadrunner portal”. The operator said that TWC Central would start to offer original content and allow customers to access live TV outside the home via the web.
TWC Central will also allow customers to login with Twitter and Facebook accounts to comment, share, rate, review, and chat with other TV fans.