ABC said to be working on an app that will let you stream live TV to your iPhone or iPad

ABC said to be working on an app that will let you stream live TV to your iPhone or iPadAccording to a report by the The New York Times, ABC is currently working on an app that will let users stream live TV to their iPhone, iPad or other mobile device. ABC which is a subsiduary of Disney looks to become the first American broadcaster to offer live internet streams of national and local programming.

The app will live stream ABC programming to the phones and tablets of cable and satellite subscribers, allowing those subscribers to watch “Good Morning America” on a tablet while standing in line at Starbucks, for instance, or watch “Nashville” on a smartphone while riding a bus home from work. The app could become available to some subscribers this year, according to people briefed on the project, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about it publicly.

To qualify for the new streaming service, you will of course have to have a current cable or satellite subscription. The model is very similar to that used in the UK where major satellite broadcaster Sky offers its SkyGo app as a free add on to its subscibers. Sky also goes one step further and offers an enhanced service where users can download content from a vast back catalogue of TV shows and movies. To get the additional options, users choose to pay an additional monthly subscription of around $7.50.

Do you like the idea of having an app that can stream live TV to match your cable subscription? Can you see yourself watching shows like “Good Morning America” on your daily commute?

Source: The New York Times

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ABC said to be working on an app that will let you stream live TV to your iPhone or iPad


I think it's a great idea. I do think however that ABC needs to work with the local stations to make sure they are being consulted in the endeavor. They employ people locally and rely on viewers for ads so I'd like to see them included (note I don't work for a local station). But there are times I'm not at home and I want to watch something live! This is a great idea!

IF I commuted on mass transit, maybe. I could see myself using it more just to watch in a different room from the TV that's connected to the cable.
I can also imagine being able to get away from putting a TV in my kid's rooms. They either already have an iPhone or iPad and could just watch on those.
It also would allow us to watch something live while working out on the treadmill. Right now, the TV in that room is connected to a Roku.
I'm also curious about what features they might allow. Would you be able to pause the stream? I'm sure it won't have full DVR capabilities but some minor ones would be good.

My cable company has already committed to allowing it (charter).
I know the watch ESPN app doesn't show commercials. It shows a splash screen during them. There is limited DVR controls (don't think you can start late, but can rewind and pause). But the watch Disney channel opens more archived/on demand episodes than the app alone without being authorized.

Id love it so I could not clog my DVR with my Greys and watch it while Im at work or something.

I would love to see this available for not only my iDevices but Apple TV as well. I'm assuming since I have direct TV I might get it for free?

Rather then making an app I would so like for everyone to work together and get AppleTV more content. I want to cancel my cable tv. Even if I can pay 50 a month and cancel cable I would. Apple make it happen.