Watch ABC

Watch ABC marks first app to make simulcast of broadcast net available

ABC will offer the first live stream of a broadcast network to smartphone and tablets via an app to be introduced at its upfront presentation Tuesday.

Known as Watch ABC, the app will launch in New York and Philadelphia this week before rolling across all markets in the coming months where the network owns and operates affiliate stations. In addition, ABC has done a deal with Hearst Corp. to make the app available across its ABC affiliates.

Watch ABC will be accessible via ABC.com or as an app on iOs-powered devices and Kindle Fire. Samsung Galaxy will get Watch ABC later this summer.

The service will only be available to consumers who are subscribers to participating pay-TV providers; they will have to provide passwords authenticating their subscription to access the live stream. Watch ABC will show both local and national programming, with some on-demand options available in addition to the linear feed.

In New York and Philadelphia, non-subscribers will be able to sample Watch ABC via a free preview that runs through June.

In addition to New York’s WABC-TV and Philadephia’s WPVI-TV, Watch ABC will launch before the fall season begins at O&O stations in┬áLos Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh-Durham (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV). Hearst will bring Watch ABC to 13 more markets, including Boston, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Milwaukee.

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