Optimum iPad app lets users stream live TV

Cablevision’s Optimum cable service is now available to iPad users.

Customers who have an existing Optimum cable TV account are now able to access hundreds of live TV channels, watch video on demand, and remotely schedule programs on their DVR.

Just like similar apps from other TV providers, the Optimum cable app only lets users access the content from within the same house as their cable account. It essentially just acts as a second TV screen.

Time Warner Cable launched its own TV-streaming app earlier this year, but was met with backlash from several channels, forcing the carrier to restrict the content. It said, however, that it still believed it had the legal rights to provide the content. Time Warner’s app also only works when users are connected to their Time Warner Cable Internet connection.

The battle between cable providers and cable networks looks like it will only continue to escalate as more viewing options like this become available.