Comcast, Time Warner Cable apps not included in new Samsung Smart TV catalog

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Samsung launched new applications for its Smart TV platform, but its updated catalog doesn't include the long-anticipated apps it has been developing with Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC).

Samsung, which said Wednesday that viewers who buy its 2013 line of connected TVs would be able to access content from Fox, Univision and Spotify, announced in January 2011 that it would launch apps with Time Warner Cable and Comcast that would allow cable subscribers to access programming without a set-top.

"Together, Time Warner Cable and Samsung will give our customers access to all of the channels they enjoy, along with a full navigation experience on the Samsung smart TV, all without the need for a set-top. And we'll do it this year," Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, where he appeared on stage with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and a top Samsung executive.

In December 2012, a Comcast spokesman told FierceCable that the nation's largest cable MSO would soon launch an Xfinity TV application for Samsung TVs. The MSO has developed an app for Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox 360 that lets subscribers access some cable networks without a set-top, but it hasn't launched the Samsung app. Time Warner Cable recently launched a TWC TV app for Roku's Internet video set-tops that streams 300 cable networks. Roku SVP Steve Shannon said on Wednesday that the TWC TV app is "going great guns" and seeing strong demand from Time Warner Cable customers.

While Time Warner Cable began supporting the delivery of an HBO Go app through Samsung connected TVs last May, subscribers can't yet access other networks. "We continue to work with Samsung and other CE device providers, but we have nothing definitive to announce with Samsung at this time," Time Warner Cable spokesman Justin Venech told FierceCable Wednesday.

Samsung ran a demonstration at its booth at The Cable Show convention last May of an app that could deliver Cablevision's (NYSE: CVC) Optimum interactive program guide and digital cable programming. But the CE manufacturer also hasn't launched the Optimum app on its connected TVs.

Last August, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Samsung announced the launch of an app that delivers FiOS TV programming on Samsung TVs without requiring a set-top. In January, Verizon expanded the number of networks that it could deliver through Samsung TVs and Microsoft's Xbox 360 to about 75.

Samsung also announced on Wednesday that its 2013 line of connected TVs will allow viewers to navigate programming with voice commands and gesture controls. Its user interface has also added a recommendation engine that the company calls "S-Recommendations," which will suggest program titles based on viewing habits.

Officials at Samsung and Comcast didn't respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

For more:
- see Samsung release about its new connected TVs
- see Samsung release about its new apps

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