Time Warner Cable is letting its digital customers in the San Diego area watch television over their home computer’s high-speed Internet connection
The six-month pilot project — called Broadband TV — is current replicating the 75 channels of video content from Time Warner’s standard Advantage service. The service was rolled out this month to 9000 of Time Warner’s customers in the test area who subscribe to both cable television and its Road Runner high-speed Internet service. To watch television on a computer connected to the Road Runner service, customers download and install a media player made for Time Warner by RealPlayer onto their computers.
They then log on to a special Web site using their cable TV account numbers. It takes up to seven seconds to connect to a channel. The show that is playing on that channel then streams on the computer screen. Viewers change channels with the click of a mouse.