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Can I Get Time Warner Cable On the XBox 360 -- Anywhere?
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Washington, D.C. (August 28, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I'm a DIRECTV subscriber but I just read that Time Warner Cable now has an app on the XBox. I don't have Time Warner Cable in my area but it would be cool to subscribe to it on the XBox. Is that possible? -- Henry, Arlington, Virginia.

Henry, you're right. Time Warner Cable yesterday added an app on the XBox 360 gaming console that enables you to watch Time Warner Cable's programming. But there's a catch.

You have to be a Time Warner Cable subscriber or eligible to sign up. In other words, if Time Warner Cable is not available in your area, you can't subscribe to it on the XBox.

So, you ask, why would you watch Time Warner Cable on the XBox 360 when you already have a TWC cable box you can watch? What's the benefit of having Time Warner Cable service on a gaming console? Those are good questions, ones that have a lot of folks puzzled..

Think of it this way. Let's say you have your Time Warner Cable box in your living room. You could watch your TWC programming on the XBox 360 in another room without getting another cable box, which likely would add a small fee to your bill. (Cable services offer different rates in different areas, but multiple boxes in the home usually require extra fees.)

By the way, Comcast and Verizon also have apps to watch live programming on the XBox 360. But you have to be eligible to be subscribers to those services as well.

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