Apparently ABC has decided that they aren’t making enough money from the commercials, and now you have to have an affiliation with an approved cable provider to use the ABC app. When they go off the air, I won’t be searching for new ABC shows to replace them.Whether it’s because they can’t charge enough per viewing of the commercials online or their shows cost too much to make and license or some other problem altogether, address that root cause. Within two days, the app already had over 3,000 one star reviews. There are some shows that I’m willing to wait to watch, but not many. I’ll find other ways to spend my time, and that’s fewer eyeballs you’ll have anywhere. People simply don’t sit down on a Thursday night to watch live television anymore.While it isn’t perfect and doesn’t cover every network and every show, it covers everything I care about except some sports. The online streaming of ABC changed on January 6, and now you need to sign in to your cable provider to watch new shows via the ABC app.I have a major philosophical issue with this, as ABC is network television and meant to be free tv.We are in the process of retiring the ancient Flash video technology that managed our embedded videos here since 2008.
I wrote about how to cut the cord with cable and how I’m using my Roku and Play On TV to watch the shows I want to see.
I’m continually updating this page as new information is available.
If you are new to cutting the cord, the quick video below is a great primer on what to expect. The first section of the guide covers the basics of cord cutting like streaming services, devices and antenna basics.
This process will be complete and the videos will be restored when this message disappears. When the multibillion dollar telecom industry wants to push its narrative about telecom public policy, it employs an army of secretly funded astroturf groups, corporate-backed “policy institutes,” professional lobbyists, and ex-regulators and politicians that help move their agenda forward.
One of the latest methods to win influence is finding researchers willing to produce scholarly reports offering “independent” analyses of regulatory policies or telecom company business practices.