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

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, 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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13 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Typical no love for android. icbs

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 .

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

9. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Or just buy an iPhone and stop whining

3. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

4. monomilkman

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

exactly...talk about a waste of space

6. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Revenge is also good.

12. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

7. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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

8. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

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

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 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).

13. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

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

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