Changing the way customers watch TV

Man lounging on a couch, watching something on his tablet.


When Charter Communications wanted to make its content available on mobile, we helped create an app that changed the way customers watch TV.


iOS Development, Android Development, Amazon Kindle Development, Agile Project Delivery, New Product Prototyping

Television is alive and well

According to Nielsen, the average American watches more than four hours of live TV a day, though not necessarily on a standard living room television. Viewing trends, led by millennials, are shifting to include more non-traditional screens, including mobile devices.

In response to this shift, Charter Communications is adapting its traditional video model to make its content available on mobile devices – meeting customers on their terms while delivering a consistent customer experience across all Charter platforms.

close up of two mobile phones displaying TB and movie selections in Charter app.
Close up of laptop screens with TV schedule and sportscasters at a desk.

Designing for every man, woman (and child)

Designing for a broad audience of users, from a four-year-old to a frequent business traveler, demands intuitive, easy to use interfaces that allow for managing DVR content, browsing listings, or watching live TV.

Today’s market is challenging cable companies to rethink both the user and the customer experience, said Ben Dunton, lead Slalom architect on the project. He added that having the user experience be paramount was essential to the development of the Charter TV app.

Greg Martin, solution architect on the project and Slalom practice area director for mobile, applauded Charter’s strong UX team, noting that without such a critical knowledge base and focus on the customer experience across every screen, success would have been impossible.

It started with a prototype

When Martin first spoke with Charter, they were passionate about the need for a beautiful, high-performing mobile experience – an experience that he felt wasn’t achievable with an HTML5 app, like Charter was considering.

He decided to show, not tell, and built a functioning native iOS app demo in two weeks.

The successful prototype helped Charter see something tangible and paved the way for collaboration on Charter’s mobile apps for multiple platforms.

Close up of hands holding a tablet, pointing to entertainment choices on the screen.

Freedom to watch – when, where, and what

Charter now has native mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Kindle.

“It really is making it so the customer can choose when they want to watch, where they want to watch, and what they want to watch,” said Dunton.

Recognizing the changing competitive landscape, Graham noted that this partnership has “allowed [Charter] to be more versatile with how we address the ever-changing consumer needs,” successfully enabling Charter to maintain a competitive foothold in the marketplace.

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