ABC officially relaunches its Player app as Watch ABC with live TV streaming

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ABC officially relaunches its Player app as Watch ABC with live TV streaming

Just as it revealed in an interview this weekend after months of rumors, the Disney / ABC Television Group has launched Watch ABC as an “open access preview” for New York and Philadelphia residents. Available on the web and as an iOS or Kindle Fire app in place of the old ABC Player, it still offers video on-demand playback of the network’s shows, but is the first to add live network TV streaming in those two areas. It will require customers to log in with their cable / satellite TV account details (Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Midcontinent and AT&T U-verse are all signed up already) for access starting July 1st, but for now there’s no such restriction. ABC is promising a launch in all ABC-owned station markets by the start of the fall broadcast season, though most areas will need to wait for agreements with their local affiliates.

Currently scheduled for launch after July 1st are Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno, while Hearst Television has already signed on to launch streaming in its 13 markets as well. The app itself should resemble the WatchESPN and Watch Disney services we’ve seen roll out previously, and AirPlay streaming is disabled. The press release mentions Kindle Fire support, though we didn’t see it in the Appstore yet, and it’s coming to Samsung Galaxy devices “soon.” There aren’t any other Android devices mentioned, but hopefully more platforms will follow quickly. Hit the source links below for the app or to watch on the web, and there’s a press release after the break with more details.

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Source: iTunes, WatchABC.go.com

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