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Contour App FAQs
Last Updated: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 > Related Articles
Learn the answers to your frequently asked questions about the Contour app.
The Contour app works with your Cox home network and Contour TV guide to offer you a new personalized way to watch live TV, search and watch your favorite shows via On Demand, listen to music, browse TV listings, schedule DVR recordings, receive personal recommendations, and more!
The Contour app offers several experiences based on the services you subscribe to with Cox. To experience the full list of features within the Contour app you must have:
- Essential, Preferred, Premier, Premier Plus, or Ultimate Internet service.
- Cox Advanced TV or higher, and the Contour guide.
- A Cox primary account holder User ID and Password
- A WiFi home network behind a DOCSIS modem, eMTA, or gateway
- One of the following supported devices:
- An iPad 2.0 or newer, or an iPad Mini running iOS 6.x or later
- One of the following Android devices runing OS 4.2 and higher:
- Google Nexus 7 (Gen 1)
- Google Nexus 10 (Gen 1)
- Samsung Galaxy Note (8”)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7” and 10.1”)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7”, 8”, and 10.1”)
- An iPad 2.0 or newer, or an iPad Mini running iOS 6.x or later
If you do not meet the above requirements, see What Features Can I Use and Where?
The app is free to download. To experience all the key features of the app, you must subscribe to the Contour service; however, there are several features you can access based on your level of service with Cox. See What Features Can I Use and Where?
As we work to improve upon your Cox-provided services, data usage from video accessed from the Contour app will be filtered out. Other activities, such as using the Contour guide or accessing a third party app on your device within or outside of the Contour app will count toward your monthly usage. Examples of third party apps include HBO GO or ESPN3. See Data Usage FAQs and / or information related to Speeds and Usage.
Yes; however, there are limited features that can be accessed outside of the home. Currently you cannot watch live TV channels or access On Demand programming outside of your home network. You can browse TV listings and On Demand titles, set DVR recordings, and manage profiles. For an expanded list of features you can access in and out of the home, see What Features Can I Use and Where?
The limitation is due to content rights which vary. Our programming distribution rights vary between in-home and outside the home. When you download the app, you will authenticate via the IP address of the cable modem in your home. If a request to access the app comes from outside the home, you will not be able to authenticate through your home cable modem. Other features, such as the ability to schedule DVR recordings, are available in and outside the home.
Once the app has been updated to the 1.3 version second-screen visibility is possible.
Not at this time.
Creating a profile for each user allows for a more personalized TV experience. With easy access to your favorite shows and program recommendations based on the shows you already enjoy - your profile is uniquely shaped to you. For customers who have the Contour guide, if you already have users set up within the guide, the app will recognize them and link the user/profile to the app.
My library is just that, your library. It is a collection of all your resources. The shows you add to your Watchlist, your recently watched On Demand shows, and your related apps can be found here.
Yes. The primary user can set parental controls by rating, on a user-by-user basis, and for TV as well as movie ratings. You can set profile-level PINs to make sure your children only watch content through their own profiles. Separate settings will have to be turned on at the cable box for parental controls on the TV.
Note: Customers who do not have the Contour guide can change or activate Parental Controls in the app that will only function within the app.
Yes. The “Watch on TV” feature allows you to push a show you are watching on the Contour app to the TV.
All profiles have the ability to rename a receiver by selecting Settings >Hardware>My receivers.
To decipher receivers, make sure that you are standing in front of a receiver. Select Settings> Hardware >My Receivers. Use any of the three manage options to select a receiver. When you have chosen the corresponding receiver, the name should appear on the TV screen. Select "Rename Receiver" to assign a more specific name. Repeat this process as necessary for each receiver.
Note: If you have TV Caller ID, make sure that your Caller ID is enabled.
Once you download the app, and sign in with your Cox Primary Account Holder User ID and Password, the app will automatically recognize your receiver and DVRs associated with your account. If you have multiple Contour receivers in the home, you have the option of selecting one as the default for the “Watch on TV” feature. If you have multiple Contour DVRs in the home, you can also select one as the default for scheduling recordings. Both of the default receiver options can be changed under Settings> Hardware.
Once you have successfully signed in to the app, it will keep you logged in for a minimum of one year or until you sign out.
Yes. If you select a third party app within the Contour app, the app will open; however, you will be prompted to sign in.
No. You can only use the Cox Primary Account Holder’s User ID and Password to sign into the app.
No. Current functionality of the app does not allow this.
Not within the app, but you can within your Contour guide on your TV.
You have access to over 90 TV channels. For a list of those channels, see the Contour and Cox TV Connect Channel Lineup.
You can view over 100 live TV channels from the “on iPad” view within the app. You can also browse all program listings for the channels in your local area using the “on TV” view; however all channels from your subscription are not available to watch on your tablet.
These are programs we think you might enjoy. As you watch more content, Contour learns more about the types of shows you like and can more accurately recommend content. Personalized recommendations are based on an individual profile basis, so there is no need to worry that your family’s preferences will have to be yours too.
Contour learns based on tracking your viewing habits and receiving feedback through your indications of “like” or “dislike.” If you have the Contour guide (look for the Contour from Cox logo on the bottom left of your TV guide screen) your recommendations are developed based on your profile’s individual viewing patterns on both the TV and Contour app. This is possible because your profile is stored in the cloud and is accessed by both. If you do not have the Contour guide you are able to create a profile within the app. Your recommendations are based on your viewing patterns within the Contour app. Your profile is stored on your mobile device.
Based on your user / app profile, when you select a channel to add to your favorites in the app, that channel will display in your Favorite Channels list in the Contour guide on your TV.
Yes, in two ways. You can use the “Watch on TV” button to push a program that you are currently watching on the tablet to the TV for both live TV shows and On Demand content. You can also schedule DVR recordings using the app.
For a show currently airing on the Contour app, tap the screen and the “info” for that program will display. For future programs, tap the program from the guide to display “info.”
Yes. You can sort by genre – action, animation, comedy, culture, family, horror, movies, mystery, nature, news / reality, other, romance, scifi / fantasy, and sports .
Watchlist serves as a reminder for your favorite shows. To add something to your Watchlist, select a show and look to the bottom right corner of the play bar. Tap the “+.” Once it changes to an “x”, you will know that it has been added to your Watchlist in your library. To remove it from your Watchlist, tap the “x.”
To sign in to your Facebook account, select Settings>Profile>Sign into Facebook. Once you have signed in, your information will be saved until you manually sign out in order to make sharing easy. When you chose to share on Facebook, the program information will post to your profile.
You can set DVR recordings for shows in progress by tapping the screen and tapping the Record button located to the right of the play bar. For future shows, tap the program from the guide and tap record from the information screen.
No, not at this time.
No. You can use the app to schedule DVR recordings; however, the programming will only be available via your DVR.
Yes. You can set a default receiver in Settings>Hardware>My receivers for each Contour profile.
Not at this time. In future releases, Cox will offer this feature.
Yes. Go to Settings>Hardware>My Receivers.
There are several possibilities: Your profile may have restrictions for certain content. Sign in as the primary profile and select "Settings" to manage parental controls. Your Cox TV subscription may not include that channel. For information about receiving a particular channel, call 1-866-590-4229. Although a channel may be a part of your subscription, we unfortunately do not have streaming rights for every network. Select “on iPad” to see availability.
Close open apps to free up memory by completing the following steps: Press the Home button twice to display recently used apps. Hold your finger on an app until a red minus sign appears on each open app. Tap the red minus sign on each open app to close it.
Change the channel, then return to the previous channel. If that does not resolve the issue. Check the Wi-Fi signal to ensure you are in range of your home network. If the Wi-Fi signal is low, video streaming may not be supported; however, audio may still be present. If this does not resolve the issue, contact us at 1-866-590-4229.
Check the Wi-Fi signal to ensure you are in range of your home network. If the Wi-Fi signal is low, video streaming may not be supported; however, audio may still be present.