Report: ABC Is Making an App For Streaming Live TV

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ABC is reportedly planning an app that will let cable subscribers stream live network TV to a tablet or smartphone, the New York Times says.

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Lots of networks have apps where you can watch shows with a delay—CBS just released one last week. But this will be the very first time a major network has launched one that lets you watch shows in real time. So you could actually watch Good Morning America while you ride the bus to work, for example.

Apparently ABC's app will work much like the Watch ESPN or Watch Disney apps. Log in with your cable account, and watch whatever's on. In fact, those titles are probably a good guess at what ABC's version might look like, considering Disney owns all three stations. Sure we know how these things work, but it's nice to see one network thinking about how people actually watch TV. [New York Times]

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JoChambers
Jo Chambers

Interesting and great to see this beginning in the US. We've had it for a while in the UK with 3 of the 4 main FTA networks offering live simulcasts for a while. The UK networks, BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all have their channels simulcasted live through the Internet (free of charge) with the BBC even acting a bit like a PVR allowing to backtrack either directly to the beginning of the currently playing show, or anywhere in the last 2 hours. A list can be found here: http://www.eyeondemand.com/2013/03/13/official-uk-live-tv-simulcasts/

The BBC & ITV allow this also through their iOS app, complete with AirPlay.

Ireland's RTÉ also offers a live stream of their channels, but they do some odd things there like blank out commercials.

Still, it is interesting and it seems the official broadcasters may be trying to compete with various 3rd party services already simulcasting in the US, which has to be a good thing.