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Report: ABC to stream live network and local programming to iOS devices

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Report: ABC to stream live network and local programming to iOS devices
Soon, you might be able to watch Hell's Kitchen from your Apple iPhone while dining at a restaurant. Or view Shark Tank on an Apple iPad while waiting on line at the bank. A report in the New York Times on Tuesday cites anonymous sources who say that ABC Television is planning on releasing a mobile app for iOS sometime this year that will offer live-streaming programming to Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users who can verify that they are current customers of a cable or satellite television service.  This subscription-only service, called Television Everywhere, keeps the current business model in place while customers get the live streaming mobile apps that they crave.

Disney's WatchESPN offers live-streaming programming from the sports network

Disney's WatchESPN offers live-streaming programming from the sports network

Disney, which owns ABC, already offers live streaming sports via its Watch ESPN app and also makes available apps to view full episodes from the Disney Channel on-demand. But doing a live-streaming app for the ABC television network would have some special problems. Contracts with production companies were signed before live-streaming apps existed and ABC local affiliates might not be too happy about seeing network and local programming made available for mobile devices.

ABC first mentioned the possibility of a live-streaming app nine months ago when it announced a deal to bring several Watch Disney apps to Comcast subscribers. Here it is nine months later, and the plan to stream ABC content live over an app is moving at a glacial pace. The service is still expected to hit the Apple App Store before the end of the year.

source: NYTimes

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posted on 19 Mar 2013, 19:28 5

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6122; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Typical no love for android. icbs

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 20:05 1

5. iphone5fornow (unregistered)


Lol I know right , that's that power of apple but don't worry one day you will be able to do that , have hope lol .

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 03:58

11. PAPINYC (Posts: 2182; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


LOL, i Know right?? Too bad to "live-stream" that favorite ABC program of yours' you'll have to go on a hunting expedition for your favorite wi-fi signal.

Oh, and don't forget your sync' cable.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 19:45

2. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Yeah this is getting old. Release the apps for Android and iPhone at the same time.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 23:24

9. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Or just buy an iPhone and stop whining

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 19:59 1

3. tedkord (Posts: 4268; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The only show on abc worth watching is Once Upon A Time.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 20:02

4. monomilkman (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


exactly...talk about a waste of space

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 21:56

6. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Revenge is also good.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 04:02

12. PAPINYC (Posts: 2182; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Agreed, it's the only show on ABC that I watch. Although, wish I'd gotten into Once Upon A Time from the beginning. I can't think of anything else on ABC worth watching.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:16

7. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 373; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


That would be fantastic! Too bad this is iOS only. ._. The current on demand ABC is only for iOS and has been out forever, so minimal hope

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 22:58

8. MartyK (Posts: 688; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Please, a slingbox or vulkano and you can watch more then one stupid channel..lol

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 03:30

10. tedkord (Posts: 4268; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I've got a slingbox hd, and it's great, but you're still tied to the networks schedule – you have to watch the show when it airs (unless you have a dvr booked up to it).

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 14:11

13. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


I can do this with my Android phone/tablet now. Its called a (Vulkano/Monsoon) Hava Streamer (like Slingbox).

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