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ABC to Limit Next-Day Availability of Full TV Episodes


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With so many shows on television these days, it's more than likely that some of your favorite shows are bound to overlap. And since many of us can't afford the cost of a DVR, watching episodes online the following day has become an important part of our TV routine.

ABC, in particular, has been great about the whole streaming concept, offering a wide range of full episodes for the majority of their programs. But starting next week, that's all going to change.

The network announced on its Watch ABC portal that starting Monday, Jan. 6, only those who can verify their cable subscription — or those who use the Hulu Plus premium service — will be able to access full episodes the following day. Everyone else will receive limited access to the site's video benefits and will need to wait eight days after a show's been broadcast before new episodes become available for streaming.

So those looking to play morning-after catch-up with their beloved ABC shows may be in for a rude awakening if their provider doesn't make the VIP list.

Thus far, access has been given to eight TV service providers, including AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent, and Verizon FiOS. This surprisingly leaves DISH, DirecTV, and Time Warner Cable subscribers out in the cold...at least for now.

The network claims they're working to add more providers in the future. However, in the meantime, next-day downloads will always be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. On-demand viewings are also an option, but again — you need cable in order to do so.

Unfortunately, no matter how you slice it, ABC is seriously restricting its online viewership, which could end up resulting in a serious backlash if they aren't careful. After all, hell hath no fury like a TV fan scorned.


Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Jan 2nd, 2014, 3:01 am

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Message Posted On Mar 9th, 2014, 5:04 pm
I agree. It is very sleazy of them to do this and they are going to piss off a lot of their fans. Fans are busy, with lives and can't always watch their favorite shows at the exact air time. I was always thankful to ABC that they provided this backup plan to help me work my favorite shows into my schedule at my convenience. They have already extended the amount of commercials for online viewing so that they are about equal to what you would be getting for air viewing anyway. Good grief. I've launched an official complaint to abc, maybe if enough fans complain they will rethink their move. Other companies have adjusted their products to fan reactions why not this one? Go to abc's website>faq>then click on feedback to complain.

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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 1:36 pm

FOX network already does this stupid stuff having to wait a week to watch an episode now ABC is jumping on the bandwagon. Of course Time Warner is never included in this because they are greedy in their own rights. I'll just wait for NetFlix to watch this whole season of shows instead of watching stupid TV. I agree with the first comment whenever a show that's worth watching is on they just cancel it after 8 episodes anyways. What's the point!!


Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 9:31 am
They (ABC and other mega greedy TV moguls) are just trying to see how far they can push the customer!! I refuse to bow to them! They already have the power to cancel ANY show they want regardless of viewer satisfaction or number!! We need to be able to control our viewing habits some how and if it has to be done 'illegally' then they it's because they have driven us to extremes!

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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 6:32 am

I agree with Anonymous; this type of restriction is exactly what causes people to download shows. Streaming from their site (or YouTube, if they don't want to pay for infrastructure) allows the network to get ad revenue. That all evaporates when people download from unauthorized sites instead. It's not that people don't want to do the right thing, it's that the content owners are making it so hard to comply. The alternative isn't getting cable or a Hulu Plus account, it's setting up a MythTV box and recording the over-the air broadcast; a one-time cost that pays for itself in a year. I really don't understand the thought process that goes into these decisions.

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Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 4:32 am

Here's what I don't get about this. ABC is a free, over-the-air TV channel. One does not need cable to watch ABC shows. Yet, to watch them online, one now needs to be a cable subscriber. Ummm, okay then?



Message Posted On Jan 2nd, 2014, 4:25 am
And everyone else will just torrent it. Why do these companys drive people to piracy. Instead of making a better product to woo customers they hobble it and push people away. GENIUS!!!
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