If you grew up prior to the start of the new millennium, then you’ll probably remember a time when you paid for cable service, but didn’t necessarily have to have your cable box connected to your TV as you could just hook it up to your TV to enjoy a number of what cable companies had to offer, saving you a couple of bucks on renting out additional cable boxes. It looks like Time Warner Cable will start offering a similar experience to its customers, except it’ll require using a Samsung Smart TV.

Time Warner Cable will launch its TWC TV application on Samsung Smart TVs this summer to allow its customers to stream its content directly to their TVs, which means you won’t need to lease out a cable box from the company in order to watch its content. The TWC TV app will allow customers to access live programming from local markets as well as 5,000 hours of VOD content from nearly 100 television networks.

At its launch, only 2012 Samsung Smart TV models will be compatible with the TWC TV application, although 2013 models are expected to be supported later this summer.

[Update: Time Warner Cable contacted us to confirm the summer release of its TWC TV application will only offer the 5,000 hours of VOD content and not live programming. TWC confirms they plan on making live programming available for its TWC TV app on Samsung Smart TVs, but there has been no time frame set for the feature.]

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