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.