Time Warner Cable has teamed up with California-based Fanhattan Inc. to offer its Fan TV service and button-free remote to subscribers.
Fan TV offers a set-top box that combines access to a customer’s Time Warner Cable channels with other video content sources. Rather than using buttons, the product’s remote reacts to the user’s gestures, swipes and taps, as if the user were touching the television screen.
In Kansas City and four other markets, the Time Warner Cable agreement will allow nearly all broadcast and cable channels and premiums to work through Fan TV. The launch in other markets will include only premium and cable channels.
Fan TV’s on-screen display allows viewers to seek out movies, shows and other programming from whatever sources make it available.
Initially, Fan TV will access online video services from Redbox Instant by Verizon, Crackle and Target Ticket, as well as Rhapsody’s streaming music. Its app and Web versions access more.
Gilles BianRosa, chief executive of Fan TV, said the device creates one easy-to-use way to discover and find video content available through the services a customer has access to, including cable.
“Over the years, you have access to more and more content through your pay TV subscription as a consumer,” he said. “The problem is, you don’t know about it. You can’t find it.”
Fan TV is available through preordersonline for $99, with shipments expected in June. Once the product begins delivery, the price will increase to $149.