ABC is ringing in 2014 with limitations. Beginning January 6th, ABC will restrict next-day new episode access of its TV shows from the companies website, paid-television affiliates, and Hulu Plus. In the past, new episodes of ABC’s shows has been free to stream on its site but under its new terms, only paying television subscribers will be allowed access to next-day content.
However according to Variety, not all cable providers were created equal and some, like DirecTV, Dish Network, and Time Warner Cable will not be a part of this deal. For those of us still rocking the good ol’ rabbit ears, new episodes of ABC’s line-up will be available online for free, one week after their air-date.
As Fox did with its shows in late 2011, ABC is restricting access to its shows for paying subscribers, a move which is in poor favor to those who have become accustomed to watching current shows online legally for free. In May of 2013, ABC launched its Watch ABC app, indicating the move of internet episodes to authenticated access via the app. The change to new episode access comes as no real surprise to users of the app, as an ABC representative said the company had begun, “doing some education about this to users on the ABC.com website and via the app.”
The network has deals with television providers such as: AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent and Verizon FiOS, to allow online streaming of its shows. Website GigaOm reported earlier on the networks changes.