ABC Is Making An App That Will Let You Stream Live TV

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ABC, NBC, and CBS all have their own iPad and iPhone apps that will finally let you watch some of their shows for free. The catch with all of those apps is that you can’t watch a new show until 24 hours after it’s aired.

To take TV network apps to the next level, ABC is reportedly working on a new app that will let cable subscribers stream live network TV to their iPhone or iPad.

The New York Times has reported that the ABC app will allow users to watch “Good Morning America” and other shows on their tablet while it’s airing live on cable.

The app will work similar to Watch ESPN and Watch Disney, probably because Disney owns ABC and ESPN. Who knows, maybe the app will even be called Watch ABC. Once a user logs into the app with their cable subscription details, they will be taken to the live feed of ABC.

A launch date for the app hasn’t been announced, but hopefully it will come out this year. While we’ve seen a couple of subscriber based apps like HBO GO, none of America’s major television networks have tried to embrace a similar model, so it’s nice to finally get rewarded for streaming TV and keeping your cable subscription.

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  • techwarrior

    So, let’s see… for 60+ years, content providers aired for free to anyone with an over the air tuner and made money selling ads.

    Then, along comes the SAT and Cable providers who for 30+ years strike up a deal to air the same content over their networks and now the content providers get paid Ads + fees. As an added bonus, we get hundreds of additional channels of absolute trash and are required to pay for content we will never in a hundred lifetimes watch. And we are willing to pay why? To avoid the need to move the rabbit ears to get a good signal?

    Then comes the www and the networks are embracing the new possibilities how?

    By requiring us to continue to buy content using old technologies as a pre-requisite to being granted the right to consume the content using newer technologies. Not only does this resemble a scene from a keystone cop movie, it reeks of anticompetitive tie-in offers.

    In a free market, ABC (and most other content providers) would gladly air over the internet for free, or for a small subscription rate for premium content, directly negotiated with consumers in order to attract more eyes viewing the ads.

    Yet in a regulated market, anti-competitive forces of the regulators + content providers + service providers (some of which are one in the same, or sleep in the same bed) of old are unable, unwilling or too short sighted to embrace the new possibilities.

    These guys have a long way to go before the dazzle consumers with something new!

  • Christopher

    Hear Hear!! Techwarrior. I was just bitching to a co-worker that traditional media is anti consumer. The politics of big business rules the day. I would gladly pay HBO directly to stream as well as many other media companies.

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