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.
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 Los 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.