Watch ABC app with live TV streaming comes to Kindle Fire, but not Google Play

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Watch ABC app with live TV streaming comes to Kindle Fire, skips Google Play

ABC dipped its toe into live network TV streaming with the Watch ABC app on the web and iOS earlier this month, and now it’s followed up with a version for Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets. Unfortunately, despite the Amazon Appstore listing it’s still not in Google Play so other Android devices can’t get easy access yet. At launch the press release mentioned Samsung Galaxy hardware will also be supported this summer, but there’s no word beyond that.

Of course, the same location restrictions still apply no matter what platform, with Watch ABC currently available in NYC and Philadelphia only. Through the end of June anyone in those areas can tune into the live streams, however after that it will require authentication with a participating cable or satellite company. Viewing areas will also start to include into other markets throughout the summer and fall based on ABC’s agreements with its affiliates. The Watch strategy has worked well so far for Disney’s cable networks (ABC Family is up next), whether its push to bring live network TV to the internet is spurred by Aereo or Nielsen’s new ratings, we hope more can watch it soon.

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