Bad News For Cord Cutters: ABC Starts Restricting Access To Full TV Show Episodes

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Bad news for cord cutters: ABC starts restricting access to full TV show episodes ? Tech News and Analysis (click for full article)

    by Janko Roettgers - Dec. 31, 2013

    Summary: Starting January 6, next-day access to full episodes of ABC TV shows will be restricted to cable or Hulu Plus subscribers. Everyone else will have to wait a whole week.

    -- Fans of Modern Family, Scandal, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Revenge just got another item to add to their list of New Year's resolutions: find their cable account credentials. Starting on January 6, ABC will require viewers to sign in with their cable account information if they want to watch new episodes of the network's shows online the day after they air on TV.

    The network explained the new requirements in an FAQ this way:

    "Pay TV service providers are a key part of the television industry in delivering broadcast content through new technology platforms. Now, with the support of participating pay TV service providers, the ABC network is able to continue to bring live entertainment, news and sports programming on a national and local level as well as the latest on-demand episodes on new, emerging digital platforms at no additional cost to their subscribers."

    The requirement to sign in to watch also extends to Hulu.com, where ABC up until now made its shows available for free to everyone. Going forward, next-day access is restricted to either Hulu Plus subscribers or subscribers who authenticate through their cable provider. Both Hulu and ABC.com will continue to make episodes available to everyone, including people who don't pay for cable, eight days after the initial air date.

    ABC has teamed up with a number of TV providers, including Comcast, AT&T and even Google Fiber, to offer authentication, and Hulu offers authentication through AT&T, Cablevision and Verizon. However, no similar agreements are in place for DISH, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable, meaning that customers of these providers will have to wait a week for new ABC episodes as well.

    Read more at: http://gigaom.com/2013/12/31/bad-ne...-restricting-access-to-full-tv-show-episodes/
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2013
  2. ChrisG8

    ChrisG8 Well-Known Member

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    I am not surprised, fortunately ABC OTA is available to most cord cutters. ABC also owns ESPN and live programming options with ESPN3 have gotten less rather than better over the years since I cut the cord.

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