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A more complex Time Warner Cable recalls a simpler time

Last updated on April 22, 2014

When I wrote about the short-lived FLO TV, I was struck by the juxtaposition between the selection of “cable” channels that did not exist decades ago and the ease of navigation that recalled a simpler time devoid of electronic programming guides (even though the MediaFLO service did indeed have a basic one). Having checked out the Time Warner Cable iPad app, I’m struck with what Yogi Berra would describe as déjà vu all over again.

The app’s access to 30 basic cable programs delivers some of the same but a greater selection of channels than was available on MediaFLO, However, the app doesn’t even have an electronic programming guide, just a simple column of program listings, each with a smaller bit of text describing what’s on next. I’m sure the Time Warner Cable app will expand to offer, at minimum, better integration with its DVRs, but for now the experience is providing some amusing nostalgia.