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Changes to WATCH ABC
What is WATCH ABC?
With WATCH ABC you can view the ABC network live or on demand on various devices like smartphones, tablets, and your computer. It puts access to the network right into your hands at home or on the go. Sign in with a participating TV provider account to start watching live and to see the most recently aired episode of your favorite ABC shows on demand.
What are the recent changes to WATCH ABC?
Access to ABC episodes within one week of air will be available to subscribers of the below participating TV service providers.
AT&T U-verseIf you subscribe to any of these participating TV providers, verify your account with a username and password by following the on-screen prompts on WATCHABC.com or in the WATCH ABC app. If you don’t have a username and password, contact your TV provider customer service department for help.
If your provider is not listed, we’re working to add more. In the meantime, you have a few options:
- Check your TV provider’s video on-demand offering. Most offer next day viewing.
- You can access episodes on WATCHABC.com and the app a week after they air.
- Many new episodes are also available with a subscription to Hulu Plus, or for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
Why did access to on-demand episodes change?
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. This approach also allows ABC to offer several on-demand episodes that are available to everyone.
How do I watch the most recently aired episodes on demand?
To watch the most recently aired episodes, sign in with your participating TV provider username and password. All you have to do is select your participating TV provider from the list, verify your username and password, and start watching!
You can also watch several episodes without signing in.
Where can I watch full episodes if I don’t have a participating TV provider account?
If you don’t have a subscription with a participating TV provider, you can still see several recent episodes on WATCH ABC. You only need to sign in to view the most recently aired episodes.
Many new episodes are also available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video; or with a subscription to Hulu Plus.
On-demand viewing through a set-top box provider is another way to catch up on recently aired episodes.
What if I can verify to watch full episodes on- demand with my participating TV provider, but I can't view the live stream?
The WATCH ABC live stream is currently available in only select geographic areas with more on the way.
Go to GETWATCHABC.com to check availability in your area. If your TV provider doesn’t yet support it, you can let them know you are interested in WATCH ABC and the great ABC programming it offers by calling or filling out an easy online form on GETWATCHABC.com/ask-for-it.
What is the VERIFY TO WATCH label? Why do some episodes say VERIFY TO WATCH?
The label helps users identify which episodes require them to sign in with a participating TV provider.
If I have a participating TV provider at home and already verified my information, but travel to another place, can I always view the live stream?
Geographical restrictions may apply.
In some cases, your participating TV provider isn’t available in your destination. Or the local station in your destination isn’t included in the live stream yet. TV providers and live streaming vary by location.
If I have a participating TV provider in my area and can access the live stream, can I always view the latest, aired episode on demand?
Geographical restrictions may apply.
In some cases, your participating TV provider does not support all on demand features even though you can access the live stream.