ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 2, 2014 12:50 PM
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Well, if you're one of those who has long relied on ABC's website ( to catch your favorite ABC shows, soon after they air on TV, things are about to change in that regard, in 2014.

New year, new rules. Money to be made, I suppose.

According to a statement from ABC, starting January 6th, exclusive access to ABC episodes within one week of air will ONLY be available to subscribers of the below participating cable TV service providers.

  • AT&T U-verse
  • Cablevision Optimum
  • Charter
  • Comcast XFINITY
  • Cox Communications
  • Google Fiber
  • Midcontinent
  • Verizon FiOS

If you subscribe to any of these providers, you will be asked to verify your account with a username and password by following the on-screen prompts on or in the WATCH ABC app on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, etc. If you don't have a username and password, contact your cable TV provider customer service department for help.

If your provider is not listed, ABC says that they are 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 and the WATCH ABC app a week after they air.
  • New episodes are also available with a subscription to Hulu Plus, or for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

So, those without cable TV service, like me, will have to wait a week after each episode airs on the network (up until today's news, you could've watched Scandal, for example, on ABC's website, for FREE, within 24 hours after it aired on ABC TV. Not anymore. 

You can always do what I've done, which is subscribe to Hulu Plus (it's around the same price as a Netflix streaming account), or you can pay per episode via Amazon Instant Video, or iTunes (usually around $3.99 per episode, or you can save by buying an entire season at once), and you'll be able to watch episodes of ABC series within 24 hours after they are broadcast on the network.

Does this affect you? If so, what will you do?

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  • Sarah | April 15, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    My show got preempted by abc's own local weather team, covering a storm that was in my area. And now I cannot watch the show because I don't get cable tv. Thanks a lot abc. And the storm wasn't even all that serious.

  • Dave | April 15, 2014 10:22 AMReply

    ABC has not won any new fans with this trick. In fact, I would venture to say that they've lost a few.

  • Liz | April 11, 2014 3:25 PMReply

    What pisses me off is that the website says "Watch episodes now without signing in - Episodes are available to everyone eight days after premiering." I think ABC is screwing themselves over by doing this. They make it seem like there's a way around signing in with the cable provider if yours is not listed.

  • pkhvann | April 10, 2014 7:51 AMReply

    I see why these network struggle against CBS they make it harder to watch their programs. CBS has episodes online after an hour after its aired.

  • joanie | April 10, 2014 2:04 AMReply

    go to primewire its free no cost for movies and shows. They all play great. just x out of an ads that pop up.

  • Laura | April 9, 2014 6:50 PMReply

    OUTIW and Grey's were pre-empted last week in my area due to tornado watch news coverage. Very rude of ABC that just because I don't have the "right" provider I can't get the shows yet. I will not start watching any new ABC shows at this point and probably quit all at end of season. Tired of heavy handed manipulations by the entertainment / media corps.

  • Aaron | April 8, 2014 2:12 AMReply

    I do not have cable, this sudden change almost blew my addiction! WTH ABC?

  • Kkaye | April 7, 2014 9:46 PMReply

    This is tOTAL CRAP!

  • Tonic | April 7, 2014 7:49 PMReply

    The only solution, though not an easy one for many, is to DUMP CABLE. They have been ripping you off for years and endlessly find new ways to do it. The only way to change all of this is to DUMP THEM. Seriously.

  • Jasmine | April 5, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    I tried huluplus and it didn't work I tried to get the watchabc app but my phone doesn't let me and I tried watching it on the website but Charter wasn't listed this isn't fair I can't watch my shows what can I do

  • Brad | April 5, 2014 8:38 AMReply

    This isnt just an online streaming problem. I have charter and pay about 160 with internet and cable. It seems just recently when I go to watch shows that I missed the next day whether it be nbc, abc, fox or fx that I am now having to wait days or a week. I just called this am and it is really pissing me off. I dont know what the cable companies are trying to gain but I pay for cable and should be able to watch the next day. On a whole nother agrevating issue is not being able to fast forward through commercials. To me the cable companies are getting too big just like our government.... So those trying to stream online are not alone its happening to most cable paying customers....

  • Nancy drake | April 3, 2014 9:24 PMReply

    I cannot afford cable and watch abc on my non cable tv . This is really inconsiderate and cheap on integrity on abc's part.. What the hell will they want to charge us for next thanks a lot abc You are cheap

  • Danielle | April 3, 2014 2:43 PMReply

    I like other watchers, have recently found out about the verify to watch set up that ABC has in place. I have cable, but my provider is not listed with ABC. I'm already spending over $100 on cable. I REFUSE to spend more money to watch shows that I'm already paying to see. If I miss an episode on ABC, I will just read the synopsis or wait for it to become available for free.

    NBC already had a great lineup for spring. I often found myself conflicted between which shows to watch between NBC and ABC airing at the same time. NBC is still treating its watchers right (for the moment). I will be contributing to the ratings of NBC shows over ABC shows.

    To the cable companies, ABC, and all those involved, shame on you for being just absolutely greedy!

  • Donna | April 1, 2014 9:01 AMReply

    Just found out when I tried to see Resurrection after missing part. I am shocked! It the cable companies that must have paid them to do this. Tried to complain on ABC's email and it was shut down for technical difficulties. They'll have more difficulties than technical ones. People who watch "broadcast tv" by antenna are not going to be forced to sign up with a provider.

  • Rochele | March 30, 2014 2:23 PMReply

    I refuse to pay to watch TV. First they change from air wave to digital, which is awful. Now in order o see a network program you have to subscribe to some cable company. I just want watch their shows. I wonder how advertiser feel about that. I will start to read more and not on a devices like kindle. I will pick up an actual book.

  • So, no ABC networks on Hulu Plus either, until a week later? | March 30, 2014 4:23 AMReply

    So, now I'm reading that people who purchase Hulu Plus, also cannot view ABC shows until a week later unless they give a cable provider and sign in? What can I watch on Hulu Plus, if I sign up after reading some of the posts here! Really, the cable companies are taking over everything. Soon, because of recent FCC rulings, your internet provider will be able to keep you from watching or accessing anything they don't think will earn them money!

  • Forgot to add something important to post. | March 30, 2014 4:34 AM

    Everyone seems set on boycotting ABC, but as I've been doing research to see if I can get the programming I want without cable, I've noted several networks that are doing the same thing. For instance, AMC, USA, WGN, ABC, just to mention a few. The new system seems to have shifted into high gear to cheat cable users, over the air viewers, and internet users as of January 1, 2014. By summer, everything that we love will be held for ransom by the big cable providers!!!

    If we boycott, will we boycott all cable and over the air providers? What about AT&T Uverse? What about aps on the cell to provide television? What about the now, well it seems like it anyway from the posts here, Hulu Plus? What will become of Netflix? I read somewhere that they are considering offering the ap on cable boxes! Soon, will we have to have cable to get Netflix?

    I don't mind waiting to view a program, but I despise Charter and I will not participate in anything that involves them, even if it is just a sign in!

    They just informed my area that we all must have a cable box, oh and at rental cost, not free as it should be. That is like Samsung or Sony or any other manufacturer coming into my home and taking away my television. I've paid for it. It works fine. However, they plan to improve televisions for everyone by taking away what we have and making us pay for what they deem we need. Really, it's all very un-American. What are we now? China? Russia?

  • Going Over The Air - Forget Cable! | March 30, 2014 3:56 AMReply

    Ok, so Charter is making everyone have a cable box, so I thought ok, I will just watch online, even if I must sit in front of my desktop, instead of in my comfy chair. However, now I see that I must sign in with a Charter ID to see most shows on most networks! This includes over the air stations like ABC!?!?!?! So, are the over the air channels about to disappear and go paid only? Really, what about their over the air customers? I can, for now, watch ABC for free on my new antenna, I'm not buying anymore Charter garbage, but how long will that last?

    Is anyone else worried that free, over the air stations are going to go paid only?

  • MadAsHeck | March 28, 2014 11:03 PMReply

    I don't pay for cable. Only Internet. I have an antenna which picks up ABC,CBS,NBC,Fox, PBS, and WB. I also have a usb dongle which allows me to record shows on my computer. I figured this out after they stopped sending analog tv over the air making VHS's useless. THe only problem, is that sometimes, there are two shows at the same time. That's when I use Hulu which has always been better quality than ABC. The stations that still use Hulu get us to watch the ads which I think is a fair trade. But, ABC wants more. Windows 7 Media has great HD recording capability. Unfortunately, Windows is not providing this on Windows 8. It appears that all media is trying to squeeze consumers for money. Pay for access and watch commercials? I won't do it. When they finally figure out how to stop free tv, I will start reading more. My IQ will probably increase exponentially.

  • Country Girl | March 27, 2014 8:15 PMReply

    This is unfortunate. We live in the country where no cable providers have gone before. Being connected to satellite services for Internet use, is our only option. Watching Dancing With the stars on line with coffee has been a favorite part of my daily routine for years. Paying to rent a movie is acceptable. But paying to watch a television show due to not being with the correct cable subscriber is downright ludicrous!

  • peeved viewer | March 25, 2014 4:13 PMReply

    Since yesterday I have noticed there are alot of blogs with upset viewers. I seen on another blog.


    and since ABC is Disney related might as well do the entire disney system.

    I have had issue with murphy usa (gas stations since hurricane katrina, for price gouging at the pumps) and another issue with domino's pizza separate issues. However I have not been to either since going on for about 9 years now, and domino's I drive by 3 locations everyday and the same for murphy to and from work and taking my child to school. I have to go out of my way oh well, its the principle of it. If I have to start watching more shows on CBS and their advertisers will be happy :)

    Resurrection is in the 3rd week and I seen part of 1st episode and thought it was a great show but my work schedule changes monthly and I cant watch it since I am leaving for work.

  • If everyone would just boycott! | March 30, 2014 4:46 AM

    I like your post! I have boycotted Radio Shack since the early 1980s, WalMart for four years straight, and now my cable provider is next. This looks like it is going to be quite a long list of companies I will boycott this year. I just wish everyone would do the same! If everyone in American turned off their televisions for just one night, it would cost so much, that we could take some power back! Well, maybe not just one night, but maybe one important night, like Sunday sports night, or something of the like.
    But it is like texting and using the cell phone while driving, too many people are in love with the technology and just can't live without it. That is what is giving the technology and network companies the ability to keep charging us more for less!!!

    Really people just one night to take back some control over it all!

  • What a garbage move ! | March 24, 2014 11:31 PMReply

    I am done with this app!

  • MAD AS HELL | March 24, 2014 10:34 PMReply

    What in the world is wrong with ABC as though they're not trillionaires already! I want to watch the show. I'm so mad I missed it Thursday now I have to find a way to watch it before the other episode!? If I didn't love Scandal so much, I'd boycott them to make a point.

  • Tammy | March 24, 2014 4:53 PMReply

    what a bunch of crap.

  • xavier | March 23, 2014 4:24 PMReply

    I'm willing to wait the 7 days, but not happy about it, especially since ABC did not secure deals with Dish or Directv, leaving a significant number of people out of the availability. If ABC wants to create a generation of one week off viewers, then they will suffer the ratings warp, and the lost of interest for those who forget or don't care once the momentum is lost. Between this and people paying for episode by episode from itunes or amazon, more than cord cutters will be dumping gated network tv when push comes to shove. No wonder companies want the net to be under their tender care, to keep the content from freely being released.

  • Miguel | March 21, 2014 7:38 PMReply

    Just wondering if NBC, CBS and FOX are doing this same B.S.. I use to enjoy Once Upon a Time, Dancing with the Stars and others but due to budget restraints had to lose my cable. Now, my hubby that works all day can't relax with his favorite shows anymore. I can easily do without but it was his only luxury. Well, sounds like a lot of folks will not be viewing and if ratings are down maybe they don't get a show. Hate to see some favorite shows go but ABC alone is to blame and any other network that would put this kind of stunt.

  • Candice | April 14, 2014 12:17 AM

    No I can actually watch once upon a time only the ones I've missed, I can't watch the most recent one.

  • Miguel | March 21, 2014 7:30 PMReply

    Just wondering if NBC, CBS and FOX are doing this same B.S.. I use to enjoy Once Upon a Time, Dancing with the Stars and others but due to budget restraints had to lose my cable. Now, my hubby that works all day can't relax with his favorite shows anymore. I can easily do without but it was his only luxury. Well, sounds like a lot of folks will not be viewing and if ratings are down maybe they don't get a show. Hate to see some favorite shows go but ABC alone is to blame and any other network that would put this kind of stunt.

  • Noelle | March 19, 2014 1:57 PMReply

    Wait it says you can still watch it if you don't have cable, you just have to wait a week. Is that true? I haven't found that to be true. When I go to the site or the app it just won't let me watch anything. Even old episodes. Someone please answer me I'm dying without my shows

  • Ken | March 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    That's strange, you should be able to watch the archived epsiodes. I've seen it take a little over a week, usually a fews days after the current one aires, for the episodes to become available. My cable isn't covered by this new change so I can't watch them as they air but I have been able to watch the previous epsiodes. If it continues to prevent you I would try and contact ABC, their android app leaves a lot to be desired as is.

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  • DES | March 30, 2014 9:37 PM

    I JUST tried to watch last week's episode of resurrection before the new one comes on and it is not available, this is a week later, only the first 2 are available without signing in with provider I have direct tv and it is not on the list, and all of this is crap! Really will only loose viewers not get more money, greed is a terrible thing! Like the networks do not already make enough money!

  • j | March 16, 2014 9:51 PMReply

    BS!! I missed last weeks of greys and scandel due to BASKETBALL! show didnt air till 1am central time, Now i find out by going to hulu that i have to get huluplus pay(7.99) in order to watch my shows from 3/13 but i can watch all the other shows!! FING CRAP! but whats the point i dont want to watch basketball i want my shows and that is what i was looking forward to all week, well forget it, I will wait for it on netflix and/or ill wait for it to be out on dvd soon and i can watch it with OUT! screw tv!-----------screw you abc!!!! hope the walkers eat you alive from the walking dead!

  • Val | March 15, 2014 4:03 PMReply

    Count me in as a former viewer for Once Upon A Time. Watched from the beginning, and it's the only show on ABC I watched. It was bad enough that they take frequent months long breaks from the show. Easy to forget what you've seen, and now they will make sure you can't review. I missed the season premiere, believing I could see it on the website. I pay nearly $130 for cable every month, and it's the only option here, but what do you know, my cable company isn't one of ABC's bedfellows. I won't continue watching when I haven't seen what's going on in the storyline. I'll just stay with NBC and HBO. At least they have Hannibal, True Blood, and Game of Thrones. It's not worth it to me to pay premium prices for what used to be shown for free. Goodbye, ABC.

  • Nancy | March 20, 2014 10:18 PM

    Val I agree pay a lot of money each month for TV and ABC is one of those channels and now if I miss an episode I am out of luck because my TV provider isn't listed. Verizon Fios is, but then Verizon has been promising us Fios for ten years and it's still not available in our area. I can't believe the commercial sponsors are putting up with this. Good bye ABC....

  • Kcdwayne | March 13, 2014 12:16 PMReply

    Stumbled across this while watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead on AMC website. I googled "Why do they think it's okay to advertise during online videos"

    First, I know these shows take money to make, but the cable bill is over 100 a month so it's bad enough there are so many ads on TV. Usually I record and skip thru, they get paid and I don't have to suffer thru boring commercials about products I don't even want.

    Watching this on their site, I too had to enter service provider info, but they have 7 breaks INCLUDING 2 mor start/finish: AND THEY'RE ALL THE SAME!!!

    I don't know what they're smoking that makes them think this is okay, but it is my first and last time going to their site when I can't even enjoy it. There are plenty of other places to watch, and it's a shame, because they might have made some money or interested me in another show had they not been compete as$hats.

    Viva la revolution. Capitalist greed will suffocate them under their own weight.

  • Jen | March 10, 2014 11:14 PMReply

    I'm a little confused here. I came on to watch "Once Upon a Time" and it won't let me. It's asking me for my cable provider. I was able to watch it last year the day after it aired. I had to deal with 17 minutes of commercials, but it was worth it. I don't have cable. I watch this show on regular tv. Why is it going to cost me online?

  • Chad | March 11, 2014 3:49 PM

    Just ask somebody in your family or a friend for username and password that have cable. It doesnt cost anything. It can be on multiple devices so it wont affect them at all.

  • Heather | March 10, 2014 7:44 PMReply

    I am here to say this is BS that I can not watch the episode of Once upon a time I missed now because they want to verify cable provider. I have WOW in Ga and it is not on the list. I have been enjoying the show since the first episode and watch on ABC (with commercials btw) if I miss one. Now I can not watch the one I missed.

    First of all ABC you money grubbing pos station. It is supposed to be a free network station, remember those before they forced people to go digital (for our own good, if you think charging for local programming is good) Number two I DO have cable but it is not on your short incomplete list! IF you are going to inconvenience your PAYING customers at least include all cable carriers. Thank you and F off.

    Deleted My watch ABC app and will now wait for Once to come on netflix with no commercials.

  • Michelle | March 25, 2014 10:56 AM

    I couldn't agree more! I too deleted all of my abc apps.

  • V | March 10, 2014 2:42 PMReply

    This is bs...I remember the first time I watched a show online and there weren't even's all been downhill from if there isn't enough money flowing for these guys...guess the masses need to be bled some more

  • Gael | March 9, 2014 4:55 PMReply

    I filed a complaint with abc feedback
    I also included the link to this page just in case they didn't know about it.
    It's just not right taking away a service that was freely given's the principle of the issue.

  • Lola | March 17, 2014 1:17 AM

    Please let me know if they reply....I want to hear their BS excuses!!!!

  • Devyn | March 8, 2014 10:34 PMReply

    This is a let down i am a college student and have no access to cable, i used to be so impressed being able to watch my 2 shows the next day online and i used to really appreciate abc. I hope you guys realize how unhappy youve made your viewers, its poor service and you should fix it before you lose more of your viewers.

  • Jackie | March 8, 2014 8:10 PMReply

    how sucky is this. I watch Once Upon A Time [in Wonderland] and got addicted to them on Netflix. I work 16 nights before an off day and still cant enjoy them. I dont have cable. I have antenna TV. Thats the whole reason I watch this station in the first place. Way to piss off your viewers ABC you guys suck. Gonna find another back door website to watch it on SMH

  • Brooklyn | March 7, 2014 1:26 PMReply

    How frustrating. I will wait the extra week to watch Scandal for FREE. And if they take that away, then oh well. I remember when watching TV was free. You cant even watch PBS anymore without paying for it. Scandal is pretty much the only show I watch. I do not have a cable account, or netflix or hulu. Ultimately do I need cable/netflix/hulu. No. I can certainly live without it. In this day and age, I can think of much better ways to spend my $$$.

  • Lola | March 17, 2014 1:25 AM

    So when tv first appeared people only had antennas and 2-4 channels ...then we started getting more channels with our antennas and people that wanted more paid for the additional channels. Now they are even taking away what's free.?, because it's not enough that they make money off of 500 + channels. So soon we will be back to 1940 with one channel and a lot of white noise ( that's if they will be generous enough to leave us with that)

  • nikki | March 7, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    well guess ill just go on the backup sites. this generation is a firm believer in getting what they want when they want it

  • Morgan | March 10, 2014 12:27 AM

    If you know of any backup sites please let me know

  • T NYC | March 6, 2014 8:57 PMReply

    Very disappointing. To have had to wait two months for new Scandal episodes and to run into this is complete BS. Not happy. Way to piss off your viewers, ABC.

  • Sara | March 5, 2014 1:22 PMReply

    I knew nothing about this until today. I missed PLL last night and I got on to watch it and seen the bullcrap!!! my cable company of course isn't listed. I have Netflix and huluplus, Netflix has the older episodes, and huluplus doesn't have episodes of my show!! I am NOT a happy camper. guess I'll see if they have it on amazon because I don't want to wait to watch it....

  • Agnes | March 4, 2014 12:04 AMReply

    Well not getting hullu since i got netflix already. I was upset about the whole thing with th eonline crap that abc pulled. So decided to to remove the abc app from my i pad after rating it at 1 star as a form of my support. And from now one i will be the fan of channel 2, including news and my good wife show. Good bye grey, nashville and abc. Dont want to have anything to do with you.

  • Whitney | March 3, 2014 9:59 AMReply

    Really disappointing since Scandal is on public television and they were making money by television ads online. TV companies will stop at nothing to save lousy cable companies like Comcast who rip people off daily.

  • Jovanka | March 2, 2014 7:06 PMReply

    This is the ONLY TV show I watch and watched it exclusively online. Highly disappointing. ABC, listen to your customers and revise this silly policy. Thanks in advance.

  • KA | March 2, 2014 9:58 AMReply

    The only reason I missed the shows I wanted to watch was because our local stations decided to air high school hockey tournaments. That's great, if you like to watch high school hockey tournaments, but I could care less! Then the network was going to air the missed shows after 2am Sunday morning. Who the hell wants to stay up til then to watch a TV show when you can supposedly watch it online? Well, maybe I should have gotten up and watched it cuz I am unable to watch it online. I already pay a large amount for cable, why should I have to pay more to watch something online! I agree with ME, This is bullshit!

  • ella | March 1, 2014 3:38 PMReply

    Simple. I won't be watching Scandal anymore. What is particularly insulting about this is that when I stream on their website I still have to suffer through the ads. So why is it that I could watch a major network show for free on one device (a TV)- because the ads are paying for the programming- but suddenly need a cable subscription to watch it on a different device (my computer) and still suffer through the commercials? ABC, do us a favor and join the 21st century.

  • Cgeers | March 1, 2014 4:39 AMReply

    ABC can kiss my ass. No need to bother watching any of their shows online at all. Make me sign up for cable, Good bye and good riddance. If you can't figure out how to monetize your content with advertising you don't belong on the web anyway. Take your programming and shove it where we don't need to see it anymore.

    I fail to see why these pathetic execs can't figure out why the overpaid execs can't seem to figure out this new media and profit while bringing something fresh to their viewers. All they do is whine and hold on to the business models that just don't work anymore. Hell, I don't care about watching ads. Sometimes I even enjoy them. Big dogs like ABC that can't seem to learn any new tricks should just roll over and play dead. Good bye ABC!

  • Kathy | March 3, 2014 3:27 PM

    Yep, they are in bed with the cable co's; screw 'em.

  • jennifer | March 2, 2014 7:04 PM

    i totally agree with what cgeers has said here! i grew up watching abc shows and now, goodbye you greedy bastards! i have faithfully watched grey's anatomy and i'm sad to not be able to watch the rest of the season because of these turds!

  • Me | March 1, 2014 12:05 AMReply

    Just bullshit!!

  • mm | February 28, 2014 11:45 PMReply

    I probably just won't be watching this season.

  • Jaded. | February 28, 2014 10:35 PMReply

    .... I feel so betrayed.

  • Sarah | February 28, 2014 6:33 PMReply

    I have the Comcast account however, since I pay for my cable television I think I should be exempt from the commercials. At least be able to skip throughout them! And they are the same F$$$$ing commercials each time!

  • marsha | February 28, 2014 4:56 PMReply

    I paid for the at&t tv app. $10 a month just to watch the abc shows and others the next day. Bc I miss most of them Bc of work. So pissed that abc would make us pay more.

  • Kayla | February 28, 2014 12:05 PMReply

    Remember people. We hold the power. If you are truly a Gladiator, then stop the press, shut them down and stop watching ABC, period! How dare they gain our trust, get us interested and then charge us. That's betrayal, hard core, greedy betrayal!!!

  • Kayla | February 28, 2014 12:01 PMReply

    Thanks for showing the people what you really feel about their support!!! Bye, ABC. I'll support you right up to the point you violate my trust.....

  • jada | February 28, 2014 12:15 AMReply

    well, this sucks bc im deployed. so i depended on google play to be able to watch certain shows, as i obviously don't have cable. it's not that i want it for free..i purchase entire seasons of stuff via google play bc the rest of the avenues (netflix, hulu, etc.) don't work out here. idk what's up with abc, but this is ridiculous

  • Derek | February 28, 2014 12:34 AM

    use a VPN. my mate was deployed in the middle east in 2012 and used a VPN to access hulu. the one he used was hidemyass

  • CHER | February 26, 2014 4:29 PMReply

    as in can't fast forward through the commercials..... what is with this... makes no sense..

  • cher | February 26, 2014 4:28 PMReply

    what is the big deal, we still have to suffer through the commercials! That generates income for them, and we can fast forward through them... bye bye ABC

  • imannol | February 23, 2014 4:34 PMReply

    If I watch tv online is because I do not have tv neither cable!!! why all the sites made this change almost at the same time forcing us to get a service we do not want or we cant afford....

  • Firegal 67 | February 19, 2014 4:04 PMReply

    I will find something on the other networks to begin watching.... ABC has always been the one to watch but I don't options for any of the services and don't feel it is worth having to buy something which people may not be able to afford, to watch... that is what all the premium channels are for... Shame on you...

  • Are you kidding me? | February 18, 2014 8:53 PMReply

    I pay a $240 cable bill and you want me to pay more????????ARE YOU KIDDING ME??
    I'll Stop watching ABC shows. Nice job ABC. See ya!

  • ABC/ABCFamilySucks | February 24, 2014 5:17 PM

    I already pay for satellite, and now, because my provider isn't listed, I can't sign in to watch the ABC/ABC Family shows online or on the app!! That is ridiculous!!! Sorry if I have other things going on and can't watch my programs on their schedule! I already hated the way the network would just cancel series on a knee-jerk, but now this!?! No longer a viewer, may have to call my provider and see if I can have them removed.

  • Allieoxnfree | February 20, 2014 3:35 PM

    I am right there with you. Forget you ABC, you just lost a loyal viewer.

  • Are you kidding me? | February 18, 2014 9:14 PM

    Your Comment PS you can still watch CBS tv shows online. Lots of great shows
    The Millers,@ Broke girls, Mike & Moly, Two and a half men. THANK YOU CBS

  • angie | February 18, 2014 8:51 PMReply

    I don't own a tv so I don't have tv cable I only have internet connection with Cox - this sucks because I live on disability and this is my only form of entertainment - I can't afford a tv or tv cable bill on top of internet bill - YOU PEOPLE ARE GREEDY AND YOU ARE PUSHING PEOPLE TO OTHER NETWORKS IN PLACE OF THE NIGHTS PROGRAMMING WAS WATCHED ON ABC - FOR ME THAT WAS SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY - so now I have to switch my allegiance to other programs. I don't like giving up my programs but I lived before they came on air and I shall continue to live long after moving on to another network - good luck with your greed!

  • Lesh | February 18, 2014 6:40 PMReply

    I hate to think I'm the odd one, but I'm not even able to air the show a week after, or two, or three. I can sometimes find the shows on another website, but never get it on Hulu, the Xfinity website, or ABC family. Makes me upset, because now I can't catch up on the shows AT ALL.

    AT. ALL.

  • Rob | February 26, 2014 10:12 AM

    even after a week later, you still can't watch them if you don't have one of the tv providers listed.
    so stupid.

  • ABC/ABCFamilySucks | February 24, 2014 5:18 PM

    You are not the only one. I'm not able to view them at all either.

  • Leah | February 17, 2014 8:05 PMReply

    Whats the point! I dont have a tv provider, and I have a hulu account. To watch shows that I miss from the night before, cant even do that because of ABC. I hate this. I pay hulu to watch shows and cant even watch them because of ABC, theres no point in paying hulu for shows that I cant watch. ABC SUCKS! Shows that I like, cant even watch because of their stupid bullshit screwing people over.

  • Lauren | February 16, 2014 9:18 PMReply

    It sounds like it will just lag about a week behind. It's the cable companies putting ABC in a spot I am sure. However this tactic will not make me want to buy cable. I'll just watch you tube and learn new skills or use duolingo app to learn a new language. Although I may miss scandal it's not worth $80 a month, and I don't miss the TV constantly streaming turning me into a vegtable.
    Just don't give up Hulu!

  • David Lloyd | February 16, 2014 11:10 AMReply

    It was my understanding that Olympic rules require free access to watch Olympic events in member countries. I am disabled. I do not have an income. I have internet service only through comcast, which has been adequate until this year. Broadcast television has not been available to me since the switch to digital. I have a useless digital receiver, and have bought several amplified antennas that don't work. I had heard Olympic broadcasts would be available online, but the online stream required registering with a provider, which I do not have and can not afford.

    It was a primary concern of the writers of our US Constitution that freedom requires access to information. Benjamin Franklin proposed the Public Library system as a means to insure freedom of access, but in the modern era, the public's rights to information have been eroded continually, beginning with the horrendous theft of public rights when copyright law was changed from the traditional 27-year limit, and every change since then has further enriched big media at the expense of public access rights. It is time that citizens demand the repeal of the media monopoly, and tear down big media completely. Individuals create. Corporations stifle creation. I demand that my access to public property be returned to me, and everyone else from whom it has been stolen by Government's corrupt collusion with big media.

  • Terry | February 14, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    I stopped burning money on cable a year ago, when the entire cable/satellite TV value proposition just stopped making sense to me: I watch everything from streaming sites. Regardless of that, I honestly don't see how this generates additional revenue or reduces costs for ABC:
    - The majority of people who watch shows from the ABC website will be angry
    - Some fraction of those angry people pay for TV service
    - Some fraction of those angry people who pay for TV service will add DVR service, but it's not obvious to me how that would add materially to ABC revenue
    - Some fraction of those angry people who pay for TV service will cancel TV service, which I imagine COULD materially reduce ABC revenue

    Some streaming websites:,,,,
    Some Android apps (that you generally have to search the web for, most are not on Google Play): 1Channel, TVPortal, DroidTV, Showbox

  • Very Unhappy | February 14, 2014 12:38 AMReply

    I am so disgusted with ABC. Everything I watched was on ABC family and I would either watch it online or on HuluPlus. Well now I can't on either. I am so upset by this I refuse to watch any channel or anything associated with ABC. Although.. I have thought about going back to the old way and pulling out the old VCR.

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  • Samantha hogue | February 11, 2014 11:41 AMReply

    This really sucks! I can't watch the shows at regular time because I work nights and do not have dvr, and direct tv is not on the list of providers. I guess I will not be watching the shows anymore, because I'm not about to pay for something that should be free, especially if you already pay for the station on satellite:/

  • Susie | February 10, 2014 7:33 PMReply

    This sucks! I have Comcast Xfinity for internet only and get my "free" airwaves over rooftop antennae. NBC won't let me watch Olympic curling because I don't have a "package" for TV that I already get! Is this because we lost "net neutrality" and now the greedy networks can jack us as even more as they please? Too bad HULU won't be showing this coverage but their broadcast is getting jerked lately too. It has had so little bandwidth, it's unwatchable during prime time.

  • Kelly | February 10, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    I have huluplus and it still has a key at the top of the episodes even the ones from last season that will only allow you to watch it with a provider that has been approved. I buy the entire season of walking dead to watch it so don't get me wrong I don't mind paying for the shows I really want to watch but the one I want (Fosters) is not available anywhere. I've checked hulu, amazon, vudu and any other source I've used in the past. This is BS Im not asking for it to be free but at least make it available for purchase I mean COME ON!!!!

  • coal | February 10, 2014 5:35 AMReply

    kind of funny they did not learn anything from Netflix when they tried to nail everyone to the wall, I really hope this backfires on them and in the end cost them Millions, this is so wrong on so many levels, and someone at ABC should be fired for being an idiot.

  • lauren | February 9, 2014 5:44 PMReply

    how can they do that for what is pretty much free? its local stationing that anyone with a tv can get, so why would it suddenly be a problem.. i had wanted to start their new series once upon a time in wonderland, but too much work to try so oh well i wont be watching

  • mary | February 9, 2014 2:49 AMReply

    It is NOT true that new episodes are available with Hulu Plus subscriptions. I would know...

  • theresa | February 8, 2014 2:19 PMReply

    this sucks but oh well. lost a viewer with me

  • Holly | February 9, 2014 11:54 PM

    You are right. The episodes are not available on Hulu Plus. This is an outright lie!!!

  • lankafta | February 7, 2014 10:29 AMReply

    I'll Stop watching ABC shows.

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