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

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

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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Wife and I cut out cable last year and WILL NOT be going back. In the past I applauded ABC for allowing those who missed the airing of any of their shows to watch them online on their website. Since ABC broadcasts it’s channel FREE of charge over the air (not just via a paid cable sub) I see NO reason for them to now require you to have a cable sub except to try and save a nearly dead and soon to be completely dead entertainment model (namely cable tv subscriptions). ABC…pull your head out of your a**, adapt and adjust to the new era.


Dumb. This is why I can’t find my shows on time. That’s 20 min of ads they miss out of showing me. Torrents are up in seconds after shows air. Oops


Ww need to have a protest across the country on one day and let them know, we won’t stand for this. These Companies will start charging for watching a TV episode we missed! Let’s not let any of them hold us hostage!


I have little money to contribute to these cable corporations, so cut the cord. So now the standard networks want to take you for a ride as well. No, I still won’t pay; I’ll wait a week. But honestly it makes me want to quit watching them all together.

Erin thompson

Oops sorry I meant I have no time to watch abc family programming shows on Tv

Erin thompson

I live in VA and my Verizon fois tv is messed up its because I havery no time to watch abc family programming shows on tv because cw network has their shows on at the same time when abc family programming shows airs at 8pm to 10pm I have no idea why tom ascheim is not counting his abc family programing shows on On Demand DVR Netflixs and online do you know when tom will check this out there is over 15,0000 to 20,0000 people watching abc family shows on On Demand DVR Netflixs and online

Erin thompson

And online too

Erin thompson

It’s abc family theY don’t care about people watching abc family shows on On Demand DVR Netflixs and on

Erin thompson

There is over 4000 to 6000 people watching Abc family shows on On Demand DVR Netflixs and online when will tom ascheim check out on demand dvr Netflixs online

Erin thompson

Is abc family supposed to check their programing shows on On Demand DVR Netflixs and online there is over 5000 to 6000 people watching shows on on demand dvr Netflixs and online tom ascheim is not checking my fios on demand tv for all the programing shows I watch on my tv


It seems elitist somehow. First we paid additionally for cable. As far as I am concerned, as the costs of cable, satellite et all has becomes more prohibitive. I reduced my expenses opting for antenna. To what end I have to ask myself. If I am not plopped in front of a screen at the hour of play, I must pay to view local broadcast television. If this is the work around it puts me at a disadvantage. Paying for free tv, is an oxymoron, and if I do that I’m just a… well a moron.


I still don’t get it. I PAY for Hulu plus and still can’t watch it the next day.. next week… or even a month later. It still says I have to connect to my TV provider. Well I pay for Hulu AND Netflix for my TV entertainment instead of cable. Maybe I’m still not fully understanding this? But because of this I haven’t watched Pretty Little Liars season 5 AT ALL… :(


There is alot of people watching tv shows on DVR On Demand Netflix and online biggest hit is abc family and cw network


Abc family raitings are terrible can someone check into On Demand and see how many people are watching abc family on, On Demand DVR And Netflix and online
and I think someone needs to check into the cw network shows on DVR On Demand Netflix


ABC and ABC Family = Epic Fail… Looks like I will be moving on. I hope their ratings go down hill.


I refuse to pay for cable… Cox communications just rips me a new one for internet alone…. Bad move onb ABCs part…. I was upset that Bravo is doing the same thing… But oh well downloading the episodes on a torrent will work too!


What this article leaves out, is even if you have a hulu plus account, you STILL have to provide a cable provider to watch some shows. What is the point of a hulu plus account if we are still required to have a cable provider?


Cable is too expensive. Beside that I work in nursing and I am not home to watch it. This move by ABC will not motivate me to get pay service.


I will email you in the next 30 minute let me calculate how much i have spare with me okay? i really want to help you


To all u non-sheep who commented, right on. And that goes 4 CBS 2. The best things in life r free. Integrity, 4 instance.


I’m a college student, and my school provides cable, but I can’t "verify my TV provider" because I don’t have a password or anything. Does anyone know of a way around this?


I am broke and do mot even have cable. I hate what ABC and all the networks have done. Making people sign in to watch shows stinks in a word. If someone does not want to pay hulu or amazon to watch the shows the next day (if they even have them the next day) Well then we are stuck. Not a good move ABC, not to mention USA network. Guess I will just have to find another way.


Thanks for the article Tambay. ABC Go offers some great shows and of course the ABC live feature. If you don’t live in US, you can use UnoTelly or similar tools to access it in your country.

Shawn P.

Personally speaking, this is a great hindrance and to know that ABC deliberately caused it is even more exasperating. "Scandal" is a great show that I love, honestly, it’s the only show that I love on that network and they have the audacity to want me to pay to see it. Hmm. Never. It makes me more grateful to CBS and I’ll stop complaining about the commercial ads because at least they allow us to watch their content hassle free. Wake up ABC! Most young tech savvy viewers prefer watching miss episodes online but a lot of us are either in school or recently graduated without the stable income to commit to a monthly draft from our accts. to Hulu or cable providers. Btw, I’m from a small town and those cable providers aren’t even available.


This will likely lose viewers, not gain money. I usually watch Scandal live on tv, but sometimes things happen and I’d need to catch it online. Now I can’t watch the previous episode I missed before the new one comes on tonight (I’ve tried online, read I have to wait 7 days; which by my math the 10/9 episode IS 7 days ago, as today is 10/16), but it still is wanting me to sign in and "verify" and not letting me watch it. I cannot see myself consistently watching shows that I am not able to watch the previous episode before I watch the new episode; therefore, leading me to do away with the show entirely instead. Smooth move, abc!


I have dish but we never set up the whole online account on the website cause everything gets paid via phone….so when they ask me to verify I have no account to verify….I shouldn’t have to make one just to watch it, if ABC offers it online after it airs why bother to trouble us with verifying it just to watch it.

dissum bs

what!!!!! wait a week?? gotta break from away from my scandal addiction abc sux


1 week later and I cannot watch Forever "Fountain of youth." So much for smart controls.


ABC has made a few exceptions to this policy. For example, you could watch the pilot episode of "Blackish" the day after it aired, but future episodes require you to wait a week unless you have cable. With so many streaming options out there, this policy may ultimately work against the network. Especially with a new show, the networks should be making it easier to watch content, not more difficult. On the plus side, at least they are providing some streaming access for non-cable subscribers. TLC for example, has stopped streaming complete episodes of some of their shows altogether.


I don’t have cable but i have huluplus. It’s cheaper than paying for cable plus over the air tv has everything i need, all the good shows play. And since i don’t watch reality tv, it’s a win-win.


I’m done with Abc. They have lost my intrest for ever and I will continue to voice my opinion when ever someone brings it up. Obviously they don’t care about the people watching, so I hope this helps dig them into an even deeper hole.


I can afford cable but dropped it over five years ago. Too many options today. One option being to wait until the shows I want to watch.


well then It’s a pirates life for me…


I m not sure exactly what this means especially in Canada. but I m having enough trouble paying my cable bill as it is, since it has gone up $51.00 in the last year since I got. I m not sure if I am going to continue, especially if abc is changing it policy and programming.


When is netflix gonna put new movies out iamakready tierd of the same thing put out new ones also why dose netflix put out moives that dont have all the episodes that sucks can netflix get the rest of episodes for pretty little liars and being human that will be awesome and worth my money i pay monthly pls


Please note FYI: Before you go to the site Lily mentions on July 12th, know there are adult images on there to those that prefer not to go to a site (free or not) that has that on their home page.


This is huge BS when I pay $150 a month to Suddenlink who of course aren't on the list. ABC can suck it.


Hey so to all of those of you guys that don't have cable and such and can't watch shows on abc family because you don't have a cable provider, go to to watch all of your abc family shows:) my family doesn't even have a tv, so I go on that website to watch all of my shows. Hope that helps!! It's a really great site and you literally can watch ANY show!!

Sean Daniel

This is a silent communication war happening right before our eyes. The Cable companies know and understand that the digital information being sent through their cable boxes is the exact same compressed video data that any streaming internet site uses.
So, in a fight to hold on to their market share, they are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the networks from seeing the reality of the situation. If I, the internet user could pay to subscribe to the networks directly online, I would do so in a heartbeat. This would put cable service providers between a rock and a hard place and they know it. So as of now cable companies are trying very hard to keep the infrastructure from being laid down which would remove their necessity altogether. This means no internet streaming without a cable subscription!

Another great piece of information:

When cable companies sold the "going digital" to the public, they increased prices, even when this meant freeing up most of the bandwidth through video compression. This bandwidth was then sold to more internet customers, opening up even greater revenue streams for cable companies. (essentially they made a ton of money, and charged even more for the service on top of it.)


this is crap! They still want your cable provider! I have tried all of it!


This is the biggest bullshit scam I have ever seen. Done with ABC and all their shows.


I have been wondering why some sites do this. I don't have cable. I'm a senior and can't afford both cable and internet so I chose internet figuring I could watch my shows on the internet. I've noticed a lot of websites are doing this and its just not fair. This is just another money grab for people who don't have cable. I hated ABC when they dropped All My Children and now I hate them even more. Thanks ABC – still a bunch of pompous jerks.


This is so stupid! ABC is not a cable channel and we should not have to pay for it. I have cable and they still have not put the show on Demand and they tell me my cable company does not include ABC. It has been four days now and I still have not been able to watch my show.


Everybody just download jetflicks app and pay less than 140 for a year. All new shows are HD and all shows are available just hours or at most by the next morning after airing. I've been a customer for 4 yrs and am very happy with it. You can watch on your smartphone or pc by downloading the software. That's Jetflicks not Netflix. The app is free on Google play store. You can pay the subscription for 3 or 6 myths or for the entire year which is the best deal

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Carl Factor

I dropped Comcast Cable TV Two Years ago. I still use their Internet service only game in my area.
So much for competition.
ABC can be had for free buy a 30.00 HD Antenna. You will pick up most of the channels that we use to get “FOR FREE”, before the Government sold the analog frequency to the wireless companies so they could lower their rates to the consumer. (Big Joke).

In any case I don’t feel the need to pay to see a show when I have to watch the commercials.
That’s double dipping. The longer the public is willing to pay these companies the longer they will continue to screw you.

I believe I can live without ABC. Try it, you may find a better use of your time.


Well I have a hulu plus account on my tv and my tv will not let me watch the new Pretty Little Liars that aired a few days ago it said I can only watch it online. Then I went to my online account and I am still not allowed to watch it unless I sign in to the cable providers!!!! What the hell???? If I am paying for a hulu plus account I should be able to watch the show the next day without having to sign in to another service provider account that I pay for!!!! (I have Direct TV and ABC doesn't allow you to sign into that one.) This is the most frustrating thing ever! Will I be able to watch the show after one week? If I am then what is the point of paying for hulu plus?!?! The whole reason I have a hulu plus account is so I can watch my shows the day after they air! UGH!

ABC your TARDS!!!!!!

i HATE you ABC…… you have lost me as a customer. I pay Hulu so I can watch these shows.. whats the point if ABC is wont let you! UGH!


got rid of my cable. ..nothing but violence, gross what they call family shows. ..half naked women. .and gay men. ..I am done. ..watching old reruns on netflix and internet. ..


This is just a reminder for the Americans to change their stupid copyright laws. This is an obvious ploy to dead stop any foreigners using a VPN from watching the shows. Pity some of the US residents must suffer for this stupidity. Anyway more people will continue watching all over the world using torrents anyway. Get used to it…


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You know that all the networks are going to lose business until the idiots start streaming their shows live at the same time they view over the air. Most people are watching their shows for free being streamed from countries they can't touch. The harder they make, the more business they will lose. Not that I actually watch anything at all on the network anyways, but they are so stuck i the past that they just don't get it anymore. If they don't want to give away their shows anymore and actually want people to watch the commercials they should start streaming the show live.


This is ridiculous! I can't watch shows on ABC because I have Direct TV. Now, what kind of nonsense is that?! ABC is REGULAR PROGRAMMING. Free. I will do as someone else mentioned and watch any shows I miss illegally.


Well its just one more reason to "turn" off the TV. Frankly there is nothing I have to watch that desperately. ABC is making it easy to disengage from series. Almost as easy as cutting the cable which I have done. I guess I should thank them for making it one step easy to say goodbye.

Easy Enough

This is simple. I'll start watching the shows in illegal sites and then they won't even get the revenue from the ads. Way to go, idiots!

Stephanie nebraska

This is so annoying. I work all the time and have to miss the shows I love but then catch them on-demand through Cox. For some reason the shows aren't getting posted right away and some of them are mislabeled. Then, some of the newer shows will post before the older episodes, and lessens the quality of catching the episodes the way they were intended. This happened with Castle, The Bachelor, Resurrection. At least every other channel on cox has their stuff together because this hasn't been an issue. ABC, you had one job! Whatever you've done is like the time I took my printer apart because I thought it was broken but then I couldn't put it back together. Had I left it alone it still would have worked well enough, but instead I had to run out and purchase a brand new one right then because its use is very important to my job. How can I count as a "viewer" of your shows if I can't watch them or know when I can watch them or if I will be able to watch them?


This is ridiculous my dvr didn't record agents of shield (providence) because it was on at 9 and my settings were for 8pm, I was out of town and now can't watch this episode because I have DirectTV. Way to reward loyal fans ABC


ABC you blew it what the heck are you kidding me cant watch the shows i have been watching on your channel every week miss a few and now cant watch them on your site on my computer am pissed :(


I have fios but it is blurry on my samsung tablet. Not clear like it used to be


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


This is tOTAL CRAP!


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.


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


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

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


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!


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.


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?

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!

Going Over The Air - Forget Cable!

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?


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

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

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.

What a garbage move !

I am done with this app!


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.


what a bunch of crap.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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!


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.


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.


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?


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.


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


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 before…it's the principle of the issue.


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.


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


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 $$$.


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


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.


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….


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


Just bullshit!!


I probably just won't be watching this season.


…. I feel so betrayed.


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!


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.


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!!!


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…..


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


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


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


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

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?

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!


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!


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.



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.


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

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.


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

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.



Samantha hogue

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:/


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.


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!!!!


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.


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


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


this sucks but oh well. lost a viewer with me


I'll Stop watching ABC shows.


I won't watch the shows anymore. Too bad – I really liked some of them, but not enough to pay more.


Let me get this straight: I pay $800 for a HDTV. $70/month for Comcast. Comcast will charge you for local channels, which look terrible on an HD TV or I get bullied by ABC into giving data so I can watch it with commercials?!


ABC Family has really messed up with this decision. All this is just a big way to gain money, I already pay for tv, and internet. When I miss the show the night it is aired I go to the website and watch it. I learn today that it is no longer free and you need a cable provider. Too bad mine isn't listed. This plan will surely backfire and they won't have as many happy viewers when this is all said and done.


Money,Money,Money what a greedy TV Station!!!!!!


I have a Hulu Plus account. Their website states that those with a Hulu Plus account would still have access to these shows a day later. Well, I have tried to stream several shows on my laptop that are a few weeks old and I am prompted to connect with a cable provider. This is an issue, obviously. However, I do have cable (for the moment) so I followed along and went to enter my pay provider, which is COMCAST, and it's not listed!?

So I have Hulu Plus and can't stream on my laptop, even though their website indicates I would be able to. I have a pay provider and go to enter it on Hulu and can't do that either? I like the concept of Hulu but if they can't deliver on what they advertise that they do, I may have to look elsewhere


Please its only 9.99 a month for huluplus and you can watch it on your computer. If you want to stream to your t.v by a roku
at Walmart for 80.00 or stream through Xbox live ; play station or wii


This is ridiculous to provide a cable company to watch your shows online. I don't have cable, I have an antenna. I watch your channel for free, so what is the difference watching online? Very disappointed.


This is so ridiculous! ABC is a regular channel. It's not premium. So why the exclusivity? Guess I will read more books, watch more netflix, and hit the gym pretty hard. First the firing of Michael Muhney from Y&R, now this! #DeathtoTelevision.


What will I do? Stop watching ABC shows of course. There are so many choices of what to watch – and what to do instead of watching TV.


Forget it Ill go to nextflix then! Nobody gives a rats tail about all this mess, we will just take our business elsewhere!!


Just another sign of the slow death of network television and news.


this is RIDICULOUS!!! Not only are most of my favorite shows in the ABC family (Scandal, Pretty little liars, etc), but part of the reason I got hulu was due to having regular cable and not the kind I can tivo… and I missed PLL last night, thinking, cool, I'll just catch it tomorrow and all will be good with the world so I can freak out like I do every week… well apparently not anymore. This blows.

Glen Hill

We pay for Charter… now this … We can't get next day shows… even though we pay for internet … we also pay for Netflix… now you want us to pay for Hulu Plus and then still can't get some of the shows ? Forget it… This is toooo much of a hassle… about to give up on Cable and Just watch the seasons after they come out on Netflix… you win… I can't keep up with all of this..


If I pay for internet service from one of the listed providers, but do not have cable through them am I still able to use that account information and watch the shows?
Thanks, Josie


Just go to its free virus free and updates the day after your show airs. Gooluck


My dad just took off cable cause we can't pay for it. I was hoping to watch it online or something. I don't have Netflix either. I love all the shows there but now I guess you lost another viewer. Thanks a lot.


I absolutely HATE this. I missed the episode last night, so I went to watch it online today and saw that I couldn't. This sucks. ABC is DEFINITELY getting a lot of frowned faces upon them!!!!!


Bad, bad idea ABC. I don't care that much about not seeing the shows right away, but waiting for a season to be released on Netflix means I won't be watching your ads and will only encourage me to never give up my subscription to Netflix and withdraw any allegiance I had to you. Adios.


I got Hulu instead of cable service, so this change is pretty awful. Especially with the distinction of ABC Family shows. Now I can either watch Pretty Little Liars illegally or pay to watch it on Amazon. Or not watch it at all anymore, which seems more likely. Your loss, Hulu and ABC Family. If this is a ploy to get more live cable ratings…then maybe these networks need new methods for getting audience statistics.


not all shows air on huluplus … the bachelor, for example


charter isnt one of them


The reason why I got the app was to see my shows because I don't have a T.V
Now I missing my shows and probably have to wait till they come out on Netflix:/ :(


If I can't manage to see the shows I like on the night they air, I'll be waiting a week to view them at I'm not paying a cable company to rip me off for shows that are free onair through antenna. And, I'm sure it's all about money. Who cares about the people. Suck as much money out of them as you can.


ABC (Disney if I may) has taken corporate greed to a whole new level and I hope this completely backfires on them. As a former employee of ABC I can tell you the one thing driving them is the almighty dollar. The only thing they care about is numbers and I hope the numbers prove in the viewers favor, and not to just set us up for another expensive subscription later down the road. For now I will stop watching ABC completely and hope everyone joins me in this!


Cable is going the way of the dodo. It's a desperate attempt to slow down the inevitable.


They aren't the only network doing this. USA does it as well as others. Soon they all will be doing it. As someone guessed below, it's all just a kickback to the cable companies. Their way of trying to eliminate web tv. I honestly don't see how this won't blow up in their faces. All it does is promote piracy.


Stupid idea abc … I will just stop watching your shows , well saves me time wasted and one addiction I got rid off …ha ha nbc and other channels will win abc you suck !!!


This is false information:

NOT: You can access episodes on and the WATCH ABC app a week after they air.
NOT: New episodes are also available with a subscription to Hulu Plus.


This is crazy. If they think that they are benefiting from this, they are wrong. They are going to lose a lot of viewers this way. And it makes me very sad.


This makes me extremely happy! Thanks ABC. My wife watches that stupid Bachelor show and now she will have to wait a week giving me time to vacate the house. BTW, what's with the hoopla about the Juan-whoever being Latino? He's a white guy with a Spanish accent.


I have Charter cable that runs to a cable card in my computer. My computer needs to be on and the tv program open for shows to record, and on Monday, I forgot to turn my computer on to record Switched at Birth on ABCFam. I went to their website, I tried to log into their watch abc thing or whatever it is now, and I have Charter which is approved and they made me send a "request email" to get "approved" so it's really not like what I have been reading. I thought I could just log into their watch thing and be ok, but now I am just ticked off. I went to Hulu and they won't let me watch the episode either until I log in to abc fam with my charter. By the time the next one comes out in a few days, I am going to have to wait until I can figure out to see this last one I missed.

I understand some of the comments that are saying "calm down people, it's not that big of a deal" and "just wait for the free episode to come out a week after air" but I'm a person WITH tv service and somehow can't have access to the shows with my Charter account. This whole thing really ticks me off. I shouldn't have to be patient enough to wait for 3 months for Netflix OR even a week for a free episode on Hulu when I pay up the butt for TV service. TV is already a huge joke because we pay average 100-200 a month for ADVERTISEMENTS and then we pay extra to try and skip the advertisements….. I understand that from a business perspective, this makes sense for the Networks and things but man, I just wished they would have done it better. And I wish they would have given a different option for those who don't have tv service. Tv is kind of starting to be like landline telephones…more people rely on their cell phones rather than landlines and more people will eventually rely on internet television instead of cable. Making someone have cable to access the shows on the internet is just silly. People are smart and will always find a way around this kind of stuff and it will be worse for the networks than just allowing everyone to watch it like before.


This totally affects me as a college student I don't have account information any all the websites that do this dont even have time Werner cable! I would just like to be able to watch the shows online whenevery i want. If i don't have time every week to catch the next episode I missed I'm pretty much screwed and stop watching the whole season. I just think this whole thing is completely dumb and annoying.

Sabrina Hogan

It's okay everyone. Take a breath. All of these episodes will eventually come out on Netflix, which most of the population has. If not, make a date night with a friend. I can say because I am cheap and will not pay for expensive services such as dish I will regretfully have to prolong watching my shows, but will eventually see them. Don't panic and buy expensive cable…it is just another money scam!


whyyyyyyyyyyy ? was my first thought. I'm so mad I don't have cable and I thought I can depend on their online website to watch my favorites shows. I don't understand why their doing this …My opinion stupid decision of them !


ABC Family messed up big time I watch about all their shows and now cant. I dont have cable because my daughter has major medical and it was an expense that we had to cut out but have netflix and hulu plus which I pay for. When you go to hulu it says 8 days later you will be able to view the episode well thats a lie, all of my friends have cable providers not listed. They have really done them selves in. And Hulu needs to pull all the ABC family shows instead of even possible offer them cause well its pointless.

Lisa Lander

I have watch abc shows on my laptop for years. I will no longer be watching because of your new rules. I can find plenty of shows on NBC and CBS to watch. When you come to your senses and decide to let everyone watch from their laptops perhaps I will consider watching your shows again – until then adios!


I have hulu and it STILL won't let me watch it! it says the same shit about having to sign in with my cable provider and none of those are even in my area!!!!!!! it is so frustrating that they are taking this away and not I cant even watch on hulu which I PAY FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I just don't understand why ABC would choose to piss off so many people who used their site!! Lets look at the list of people you have to get your TV service from to be able to view ABC programming. Well the big providers aren't even there so logic would tell you that a large chunk is gone off the bat!!! I used to think ABC was brilliant. They allowed viewing of their programming however you couldn't fast forward the commercials (like you can with a dvr), so they had a captive audience. Also they were the only network that made it easy to view online and next day (don't get me started on CBS!!!!). In fact in my letters to and complaints about, I used ABC as the example for what a site should be. Due to the ease of use it actually made me watch ABC almost exclusively. And folks, I do pay for cable and I do have DVR service. The fact is that because of my job, I don't get home as often as I like and don't have large blocks of time to view all the DVR recordings. So I watched on my ipad when not at home. Almost all the programs I got hooked on were ABC. However due to this "brilliant" move made by the executives I have decided to change that. I have even cancelled all ABC shows for recording on my DVR. If i get around to it I might watch a season when it hits Netflix, but other than that I officially don't care. If ABC only cares about the group of people that are customers of those on the provider list, then obviously they don't care about those of us who do get cable from some other "little" place like DirectTV or DISH or Time Warner. You know all those little known cable providers who "would" still be able to watch ABC programming but now feel allineated and frankly discriminated against! Or those that had no cable and watched online, but viewed the ads and commercials while watching……… Shame on ABC for this bogus idea which I'm sure some idiot came up with and presented as a money maker. Where is the money gonna get you when you loose viewership from the others????


I canceled my cable service last year to save the outlandish cable bills each month. I have been watching ABC TV on my computer. So what will I do now . . . I will stop watching ABC shows totally. This was stupid idea ABC. It must have to do with paybacks from the TV cable & dish companies. NO MORE WATCHING ABC.

anna parsons

I agree ABC I have quit watching your station until you rectify this issue you have caused. If I fall asleep during a show-I can not ever find out what has happened-np-plenty of other stations that care about their customers. YOU LOOSE ABC


Really? This is atrocious. I pay TONS of money for cable, can't always keep the schedule for your viewings and now you are going to take all of my options away because I don't have a DVR??? Talk about very BAD customer service. Ugh ABC, you ought to be ashamed. I am bailing from watching any of your shows.


Soooooooo stupid!!! This makes no sense at all! If people have a cable provider then most companies give you the capability to record it on your TV. I don't even get ABC on my TV cause we just get local channels so now since I can't watch it on line either I guess I won't watch it at all!!! This is DUMB ABC!!! So disappointed!!!


I'm a married, straight, black male in my thirties. This news would be upsetting if I actually watched ABC.

Scandal? I don't think so.

Also, I just realized I have AT&T U-verse. So I'm good. Please disregard this comment.


This is infuriating to me!!! I pay for basic cable… which I have considered canceling because of all of the doubled channels I get. Seems like a huge rip-off! I pay for Hulu Plus, which ABC has totally screwed up!!!! I am unable to watch PLL anywhere. Can't find it on cable when it says it will be aired, can't watch it on Hulu Plus because my cable provider isn't listed, and I can't watch it on watch abc family, because my cable provider isn't listed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seems like I am getting royally f***** over!!!! Thanks ABC!!!!! Screw it. I am so over what even happens on the show anymore. I might as well cancel my internet, cable and Hulu Plus!!!


Get your facts, straight! One can't watch on Hulu either and even a week later on, you STILL need a stupid cable company. At least your article is not as bad as what ABC Family has done, but still useless nonetheless.


I cant help it im poor! This is soooo dumb -_-


This is total BS, I use to look foward for the next day veiw app, now they take that away too?? Hell you abc this is not a family thing to do


I'm just going to watched free streamed versions now. Take that ABC!

Kent G.

I guess I will wait a week, or stop watching the one show I watch on ABC and maybe catch it some year on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I hope the fact that I will not be able to watch it until then does not count against its viewership and cause it to be canceled.

But what I will not do is pay money for cable. I watch it so little, it is not worth the bill.


I LOVE abc family.. They really create some good shows but I have to say since you guys changed your app and online services it is really annoying. During the week I am really busy with school,sports,after school clubs and work.So I find it hard to watch tv during the week. Not everyone can afford DVR services. So I use to watch it on my phone when I found time. Now it's like I am racing home trying to watch my favorite abc family shows. The have officially lost a viewer


I wonder how many people like me are going to say to heck with ABC and with the cable company and cancel the TV service. Big loss of advertising dollars might be the only way to make them change their mind. We can live without TV, but they can't survive without viewers. If we give in, they win.


I get this channel free with my digital hd antenna, so why do I now need to have a cable provider to watch online content via ABC? This is so stupid! A free channel yet I can't watch my show next day online if I missed it on tv the night before!


ABC, im honestly going to stop watching your entire network that's so ridiculous, you make enough money you don't need to do the whole sign in routine. Greedy ********. -angry/dissapointed customer


This is "great" because if you miss an episode you have to wait until the next one airs the following week before you can see the one you missed. Then, you either have to watch a week behind in perpetuity or watch them out of sequence. Brilliant!


Abc really messed up they're going to lose a lot of their younger viewers because they can't watch their shows when they first come on all the time; like me. So now I'm screwed so good job abc you just lost a viewer and I'm sure there will be a lot more.


It really is frustrating so now I'm left with downloading it.


Vote with your wallet. Refuse to buy any advertised product on a
ABC. Also hulu plus doesn't allow access. Hulu plus lost access to so many shows it used to allow, hulu has now lost access to my wallet. I canceled them. I have a roku and no cable…furloughed teacher and insurance premiums just went up. I can't afford cable so I depend on netflix and online shows for free viewing.


This is not true you can not watch the shows on hulu plus!


way to go ABC! i wonder how many fans you're going to lose because of this bull****


They just don't get. Do they have Stupid Meetings? My goal is to email advertisers and suggest they save their dollars-some of us are kinda upset.


I agree with everyone's comments. I am so annoyed with ABC!!!!! I have cable and still no access!!! Such a shame!


I have hulu plus and you still cannot watch the new episodes 24 hours after they air. It's crap!


I know Fox has been doing this for a while. I know with my HULU Plus account, I can watch FOX shows the next day. I don't know if will be worth it to pay for hulu for the whole 3 shows I watch on FOX. I think I am more upset that they said there would be access after one week to tv shows online, and there still is not. I was able to watch this week's revenge already , so why not last weeks PLL?


This is pretty pathetic ABC! I used to be an ABC fan but you're losing me on this one.

Natalie Johnson

I have been a committed Bachelor fan for the past seven seasons. If I ever miss a Monday night, due to school or work, I've always loved that ABC has allowed me to catch up later that night on my computer. Well, not anymore. I am pissed, honestly! This sucks!! That was a benefit of watching the ABC channel and I was appreciative of that. I understand once a season is over but I think this is BS. Not a happy fan!


You can NOT watch them a week later. Not even with HULU plus which we PAY for!!!! Seriously not right!


I am ABSOLUTELY livid about this…..I go to college where I have no cable and no way to buy cable because I go to a $35,000 a yr school. My money is going to my schooling. However in my down time there are certain shows I love to watch and I always catch them the day after they air since like I said….I don't have cable. I am soooo mad! I understand making money….but people are still gonna watch the shows when they air, how much money are they really losing by making them available online? Probably not much. It has been that way for so long. Why change it??? Well they just lost a viewer because now I won't even be going to the website. I'm going to have to wait till its available on Netflix and I can watch it for free!!!!


What a bunch of crap, ABC! Epic fail for so many dedicated viewers. I will complain via social media, that's for sure. No more tweeting good things about the shows I like! Just because I don't pay for cable???!!


No way! How am i supposed to watch The Fosters now! :( i have no cable :( But i have hulu but its not letting me watch it aswell, sucks !


Also, I have crappy cable in my apartment (I grew up with Dish). However my crappy cable is just not one of the few selected that are able to view it…


I just tried to watch them on Hulu (PLL & Ravenswood) & it told me "some episodes- like this one- are not available to hulu subscriptions directly after airing." and then tried to get me to connect using the same thing that ABC family did (cable services I DON'T have). ANNOYED.


I get abc family it is a cable channel; as much as it sucks cuz I now I
Have to buy pll on iTunes. But the abc one really?! It's not a effing cable channel. What gives!? Bs!!


Well, this ends my viewing of ABC shows. who needs Abc or cable. One less person to be exposed to their advertisers. netflix!

Andrew Burnes

I hope ABC burns in Hell for this.


I have hulu plus, but it still wont let me watch Pretty Little Liars even OVER a week later. I don't get why they aren't at least doing that!


Maybe the companies paying to advertise on ABC should reconsider as the viewer base must have dropped significantly since we were cut off…. Extremely disappointed with ABC!!'


Hulu Plus you still need a cable provider, WTF?!?!


It is a shame ABC has taken punitive action against its own viewers who happen not to subscribe to cable. ABC used to have one of the best and most accessible Ipad apps/online systems for watching (free/albeit with commercials) next day programing. Now they are down there with Fox and boxing out non cable subscribers.

It's interesting, when the cable companies charge networks like ABC or Fox big fees to be included on their line up and the network threatens to walk, the networks run a big PR campaign with the public trying to get subscribers to complain to the cable companies like the networks are being victimized.

NBC, not much better, try air playing an NBC show from you Ipad to your apple TV, cannot do that anymore. CBS has actually gotten better about this, I think you can get shows on your pc the next day, airplay them to apple tv, and watch them on your iPad for airplay to tv a couple of days later.

But here, I am sure with encouragement from the cable providers like Cox, they are taking punitive action against those of us who don't subscribe to cable.

Hulu Plus is nice, but most non cable subscribers use Netflix, which interestingly, ABC does not provide next day rights to.

The other irony here is that the national advertisers who buy spots for the online next day shows, have just lost potentially millions of viewers thanks to ABC's new restrictions.

You think the ad rates for those shows are going down? Of course not. What can we do, first drop cable, which about a million people did last year, then boycott ABC online products until they allow non cable subscribers next day access.

Sooner or later everyone is going to get their programming via the Web anyway. The cable companies are just trying to squeeze every last dime out of consumers before that takes place.


NOT a big fan of this!!! I LOVED watching shows on the go without the cable network. i just got rid of my cable provider and thought "oh its ok, ill pay for the internet and be able to still watch my shows online". Rude awakening to me!!! ugh!! fix it!!! i think everyone should have the option of watching the shows over internet as well, not suffering! FIX IT ABCFAMILY!!


Fox is doing the same for some of their shows. Is there a way to complain about this? These are free broadcast channels, we shouldn't have to have cable to watch their shows. To top it off, I can't even get ABC with my antennae, so this was how I watched their shows…

Heidi Levis

We watch TV with our "on air" antenna and never had a problem but now ABC channel 6 goes completely blank with a blue screen and we could watch what we missed the next day. NOW you even took that away from us. Isn't it a major network and why should we pay for that!!!!!! Can you please change back!


Refrickindiculous!!!!!! I think that ABC better change their mind. This is so petty and they should be ashamed. Way to loose customers. Im not paying you anymore money……….Before long they are going to charge us to turn on the tv that we bought…


You actually can't watch it on a paid HuluPlus account. When you try it says, "I'm sorry you need to sign in with a cable provider to watch this content." Also, it is a week after PLL aired (the new episode is even posted) but I still cannot watch without signing in on ABC Family or Hulu. I will try again tomorrow, but I think I'll have to wait until Netflix gets it :-(


Leave them feedback!! Tell them you hate the changes, it's better than just complaining to yourself!


You screwed up ABC Family. A lot of people aren't using cable anymore so you decide that cable is required for watching you're shows.. Bad move. Do you not make enough money already? Most of the country makes below 50K a year and you change your plans so you all can make extra when you already are making millions! You're suppose to be providers for the people not your own pocket books. Pathetic. I guess if I EVER watch anything ABC I'll be watching them through personal uploads and video streaming so you don't get any money from me!


Just so tipical…'s all about money. Them that got get. To bad for all of us who can't afford cable ect. Switched at Birth was a highlight to my life. Thanks ABC Family for nothing… You might want to change your name to ABC Families above 50K.


This is so ridiculous!! abc family content is no longer available to you on hulu plus is you do not have a cable provider! Hello the reason I have Hulu plus is because I don't have cable! Bad move!


Not sure if anyone has pointed this out yet or not, but I'm seriously perturbed because I DO have the paid subscription for hulu plus, but it DOES not let you watch abc family shows without a tv provider either!!! And I will not pay the $80-$100 every month for cable to watch one show that I'll never be home in time to watch anyways!! ARGH!!!!


This sucks… Had to get rid of my cable last month and wasn't worried too much bc I have internet. But now it looks like I'll just have to give up all my fave shows! Hope abc changes their mind!


Seriously. This is so ridiculous because as a college student who has more important things to do on her week nights and can't watch the shows live but also can't afford to have anything other than school cable I get completely screwed over. Yay ABC thanks!


Very annoyed. this is bull shit!


EVERYONE GO TO TV-SERIES.ME !!! I am having the same problem with Hulu plus. has PLL and some popular tv shows and you don't need a TV provider!


I have been watching tv shows on ABC for over 2 decades. Within the last several years I turned to the ABC app on my iphone to watch episodes that I missed. I am very dissapointed to see that they have changed their policies and how the website works. It is quite unfortunate that they have changed the system because it makes it harder to turn into all my favorite shows. VERY annoyed.


I as well have hulu and still 8 days later cant watch Pretty Little Liars and it say within 8 days we can watch it. This is nuts way to go ABC family you have just lost one more customer.


i went on hulu to watch pretty litle liars from last week and it is still locked and the new one isnt even up yet… this is making me mad


Even if you pay the $7.99 a month for a hulu plus account you won't be able to watch the shows without a cable subscription. I have hulu plus and I am having this exact problem. It is very frustrating. Obviously if someone has netflix and/or hulu plus it's because they can't afford cable or don't want it. This is a very dumb move on abc and abcfamily's part being that will lose alot of fans who relied on their website and hulu to watch their shows, NO more


all i have to say is WHY?!?!?!?!? this is insane, its not like people are getting over on you because people pay good money for their tv service AND internet already, now we have to pay the web directly, crazy!


it doesnt work for hulu plus either..its still asking me for my service provider information smh


As a college student i dont have the time to watch the episodes when they premier. This new rule has made it hard to enjoy my recaps, I live on campus I dont have info on providers. Nonetheless this change is just ridiculous. ABC Family should have just kept it the convenient way from before!


This is absolutely ridiculous. As a busy graduate student and full-time professional, I look forward to the weekends when I can spend time catching up on the ABC shows I miss during the week. Why impose more rules for your loyal fans who have helped your network garner ratings? I, too, will be watching a lot less of this network. So much for audience-centered services…


ENOUGH ALREADY! Anyone who believes these numerous voices of discontent over ABC's recent decision are coming from different people (not one, or two, knuckleheads) are as foolish as Chicken Little, who thought the sky was falling down. And I don't believe S&A's readers are that gullible nor naive.

So stop it PLL FAN, Magic Mike, Crystal Unclear, Sue Me and the rest of the names you're using. You're not fooling anyone so your words are falling on deft ears.

PLL fan

This is absolutely crazy. It's a week later and I can't watch it using the ABC app or the Hulu Plus subscription that I PAY for. They need to figure this out and make it readily available or they will lose their regular viewers including me. There are so many other shows out there that are available online.


Later, ABC. Give my regards to your advertisers.


This totally sucks. I am determined to watch last weeks episode of PLL and I cannot because this STUPID SITE makes you provide a tv service provider. I don't have cable but both my parents and my bf's parents do, and neither of them are listed. This really makes me hate ABC for giving us a really good thing and then taking it away. I'm rather pissed actually. I have to travel an hour just to watch my favorite show, and when I can't make one, I would like to be able to catch up on it before the next one airs. I hate watching episodes out of order!



I have verizon and the on-demand that I pay for does not update either. SMH. You can watch it live or wait. Maybe they are trying to improve live channel ratings? I know I will be watching a lot less of ABC

Martha Saucedo

I'm extremely busy with work and two kids under 3. It was so nice to be able to watch Abc programs when time allowed! But now that they have changed I can no longer watch your programs. It's truly sad and disappointing that a good thing had to come to an end. I hope you do take your viewers feedback seriously and reconsider the changes made.


with only broadcast antenna, it was convenient watching my favorite shows online, now that's out the door, oh well, good going abc,

M Weber

This totally stinks! As I live in a very rural area that doesn't offer cable or satellite! I depend on 5 channels by an antenna….this really dampens my ability to watch my favorite ABC shows!


I am very disappointed that this change has been made. I am extremely busy and don't get time to sit on the couch at the time a episode airs. I enjoy having the computer on while I am in the kitchen to take advantage of shows I didn't get to see. We pay to have the channels to begin with so why do I have to pay twice. Actually I won't, I will just stop watching all together. With a large family there is no extra money just to make TV convenient. I am very disappointed that ABC feels they need to take in more money. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. This is one reason why. Everyone is getting greedy.


Thanks a lot my family doesn't have cable this was the only I could watch switched at birth.
I'm fixing to be on bed rest for 4 months now I can't watch me favorite show.


Literally at this point hope you lose ALL of your viewers. You would think with this much complaining you would go back to how it was before. It's highly unnecessary that you only have certain channels. I don't find it fair that I have to quit watching a TV series that I've been watching for years because of your NEED for more income, making sure only paid providers can watch. Thanks though for the GREAT new year changes:)

Why do you care?

Thanks a lot ABC. Now I can't watch your shows.


I don't have cable.. can I still watch episodes on the app without logging in, but just a week after it airs? Or can you not watch any episode at any time unless you log in? Very annoying!


I spent about $50 for TV signal tuner that allows me to connect a coaxial cable to my computer via USB. This allows me to record shows off live over-the-air or cable TV and then watch them at my convenience without the interference of any network's or provider's policies.


Great, now I can watch the news a week late!


Well, I guess bootleg it is.


The best way to make your concerns heard by ABC is to give them feedback! Just write them a short reason why you are unhappy and who knows you're complaints might actually be heard!


It time to let the sponsors that Advertise on ABC we will not use the products they try to push That is the way to get back at ABC


This is the standard online service model at work:
1. Make a high-quality, free user experience to draw customers.
2. Place said experience behind a pay-wall and substitute a lesser experience for free.
3. Steadily degrade the free experience until frustration moves people to purchase the service or leave.

I don't really mind a seven-day wait; that's becoming the new norm. As long as its consistent I just adapt to the new schedule. This really only hurts if you're a watercooler/twitter person, since you've got to wall yourself off while everyone else talks about the show.
I can live with this over the arbitrary policies (USA: the fist three are next day and the rest you wait a month for.), or the draconian (SyFy: no streaming until the season's over.)
The number of USA shows I watch is dwindling as I never know where I left off, and SyFy's is so overboard I couldn't tell you what they air anymore.


This is one of the most stupidest things that they could have done. What about the people who can't get tv service because they live way out in the country. So frustrating! Nice one ABC.


This change makes me very upset! I missed last nights revenge episode and I got on my iPads ABCgo app and was shocked to find out I couldn't watch it! Apparently having direct TV is not good enough for ABC. If I wasn't already addicted to revenge I would avoid ABC all together.

Sarah Tierney

If I could afford cable then I would have "on-demand" or "DVR." Since I can't afford cable I use to watch ABC on their app for iPhone. Not anymore. Goodbye ABC!


I suggest everyone check and see if Areo is avail in your area. I absolutly love it, I can watch all network chanels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and WB on their website or stream using their Roku app. Every subscriber basically gets a "cloud" DVR so you have the option recording/watching 2 shows at a time and it's only $12/month. The only thing I really miss is ABC family and I may break down and just pay to watch one or two shows on Amazon(still way cheaper then cable in the long run). Seriously do yourself a favor and check it out !


ABC sucks; I have watch General Hospital for over 30 years, every day. Now I can't watch it because I can't very services. Guess I will start a new tradition and go for CBS at least I can watch for free for now! I am done with ABC.


It's a shame because I had never missed a single episode of Castle, now I can no longer watch it. Suck Nuts ABC!!!!!


It is now Jan 12 and all recent episodes are locked on Hulu. Tried to authenticate but Xfinity is not a provider on Hulu Plus which I pay to have access to these shows the day after they air. So I tried to go directly to abcfamily but it says This network is not included in your current XFINITY® TV subscription*. Upgrade your service now to watch this network. I already pay $50 for Internet, $25 for like 12 channels and $8 and some change for HULU Plus. I never even watch the regular TV. So if you're taking away all of my favorite shows from Internet viewing, I'm cancelling the TV and HULU and go back to just plain Internet and I guess I'll wait a week or not watch at all. Thanks also ABC for cancelling our beloved soaps that have been around for half a century to air creepshow, geekazoid talk shows like The Chew.


Am done with ABC.


So ticked! This is ridiculous! ABC led the charge when it came to making their episodes available online in a reasonable amount of time. I was thrilled! Now they are leading the charge in the wrong direction. Very displeased with this turn of events!


Ridiculous! I rarely watch tv because I'm a busy mom. I started watching Revenge, thanks to Netflix a long while back…I watched all last season online after it aired. Yes, I could have watched while they aired because I have all the standard channels through my digital converter box. I actually felt like ABC had a fraction of my backside and understood the wonderful feeling of watching a show, uninterrupted, all by my adult self during my "Me" time, after the kids are in bed and oh, did I mention uninterrupted?!? That's gone now, and so am I. Good luck with that ABC.

Nun ya

Uhhhh not fair, college student here and ther is no cable in college duhhhh. Abc ya lost another one, I just add on more to the millions that is already lost

Miss Kitty

Oh, well. I guess I dont need to watch ABC anymore. I have comcast, but the acct is under my housemates name and seriously, do I need to go ask him for his password so I can verify my right to watch TV online? Yeah, or I could just tape LOSER on my forehead. No, thanks, I choose to watch something else. I really feel sorry for people that dont have cable. College students or those who just cant afford it. A lot of people cant afford cable, but at least there was the networks and a way to watch online. No more.


Nice to know I am not the only one to feel this way. Greed gets the best of everyone I guess. ABC execs how much money is the negative publicity worth?




I just tried to access the newest Pretty Little Liars episode from my Hulu Plus account and I STILL cannot watch because it says it is unavailable unless you have cable from the TV providers that ABC is working with. This is honestly so stupid, I'm just going to wait until they're eventually on Netflix.

Stupid ABC


You are losing customers left and right because of this MORONS. No one is interested in going along with your stupidity, and you're the ones losing out. Here's why: There are a few types of customers you have: A) 25% who will sign in with the service provider like you are now demanding. B) 25% who will say screw ABC and will find other shows to watch on the plenty of other networks out there. C) 10% who will wait a week to watch the latest episodes. D) 40% who will just step right over your nonsense and will find other ways to watch the shows, whether it be on YouTube, Sidereel, on illegal sites, or on any of the apps which will make the content free. And guess what? All these other 3rd party options will make money off the ads which you will be losing out on! What kind of company does this to their customers? You're playing games with your brand and your image and you're sucking it up big time. Once the episodes air, they will ALWAYS be available FREE on the internet withing 24 hours – one way or another. If you don't want us going to your site to watch it, we'll just watch it somewhere else. And in a few months when some dumb ABC executive wakes up and realizes that this was a big mistake and financially obtuse, give me a favor and let me know so I can laugh.


We are watching the ads. What more do they need? I guess money from the cable providers – which isn't one of the providers I use!

I will no longer be watching their shows.


I have an antenna with TiVo service. I watch several shows the day after online.
This is very disappointing as I was really looking forward to Switched at Birth.


2 words. not fair.
you lost a viewer as well.


this is the stupidest thing. all i wanted to do was watch pretty little liars. this is ridiculous. you guys better get your ish together! e shouldnt have to sign in with our tv provider. bye abc lame.


its so messed up that now u have to sign in. the point of everyone going on the app was because either 1 they don't have cable or 2 they have cable but not all channels including ABC family. I have cable but I don't pay for it therefor I only get the channels that are paid for and ABC isn't one of them. im very disappointed, they're gonna start losing viewers because of this including me

One sassy duck

There's something really hinky going on with ABC's access to our cable accounts. In Item #7 under ABC's FAQ section, it explicitly states that they do not have access to our cable account information. I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

When the January 6, 2014 version of the app came out, I like, hundreds of others, installed the new app (because we were forced to). And for three days, received log-in error messages when I tried to log-on and verify with my cable company. On January 8, I learned that ABC had 'fixed' the log-on problems. So, I deleted the original version of the app, and installed the 'fixed' one. However, the log-on requirement to verify with my cable company had 'magically' disappeared and I was able to access the programs without doing anything.

However, I also noticed, under the ABC shows listing, on the line along with 'Featured', 'Updates', etc, the logo of my cable company. How would ABC know what cable company I had, with the installation of the new version, unless they had accessed my cable information from previously failed log-in attempts from the original app? And, why, with the installation of the new app, they didn't require authentication with my cable company? The only way I can watch programs it seems, is that now, ABC must have my cable log-in and PW information, and is allowing me access.

I hope that advertisers are taking notice of the legions of miserably unhappy viewers who have been commenting. Not to mention those who either do not have cable, don't have participating cable networks, or who have satellite, and are now out in the cold. ABC has made a colossal mistake going in this direction. How will they get their ratings if people are not watching their shows? Oh duh? Looks like a sinking ship to me, and your viewers are abandoning you. Besides, cable is going the way of the dinosaur. And, there are other less costly ways to see your shows without having to access cable.


This i the stupidest thing ever! All I want to do is watch Castle and Once Upon a Time without having to pay for anything!!! Well you know what forget it I'll go watch something else something ONLINE FREE, I cant afford cable okay? there hope your happy ABC you just lost a viewer :P


I have cable, just not one of the ones currently listed. I used the app on my ipad during runs on the treadmill. It's amazing how much quicker the run goes when watching Castle, Scandal, Modern Family etc. I am very disappointed in ABC. I'm already paying for cable and I still can't access the app.


I have an antenna and often view programs after they air on my laptop. ABC's decision is very short sighted. Looks like I will have to stop watching ABC.


I've had the app forever and I would use it to watch pretty little liars and all the other wonderful shows that they have cancelled. Now I will definitely be deleting the app. I think it's ridiculous that I have to verify my tv provider.


So sad :( deleting app and guess I won't be watching pretty little liars anymore… Oh well, there are other shows out there available!


www. /petitions/ abc-remove-abc-watch-app-update

I drew up a petition! Haha you never know, it just might work! Please take the time to sign it, and spread it to friends, family, everyone you know!!! Remove the spaces since this website won't let me post it if it's a link.


For the ABC app, there are episodes marked as "sign in" episodes and others I can see now. But the ABC Family app seems to be locking me out of a bunch of series. Will I ever be able to watch Pretty Little Liars again, or is that only for cable subscribers now? I'm not going to purchase it.


Very disappointed I will also erase the now useless app :P


ok, so, are we just having to wait a week and then we can stream it? or is it a case of "if you don't have the listed providers then you can't watch it at all"? i have a hulu plus subscription, but none of the listed providers. i don't mind waiting a week as long as i still get to watch it…. its just a week behind. last season of teen wolf i waited 3 weeks before hulu got it!! so does anybody know for sure?


Goodbye ABC
Most people I know are broke and can't afford damn cable, people just like me and I work full time making almost 15/hr we loved the app and if we had to pay for the app like we pay for netflix fine, but logging in with your god damn tv provider and still calling it free that's bs!!! Some of my friends had to move back in with there parents because of the damn economy and all the taxes we have to pay, maybe if you payed more attention to the struggling people around you, you wouldn't be so money hungry.


Disappointed with abc. Deleting the app.


PBS only now!! Downton Abby is far better than anything ABC has to offer. Bye ABC–deleting the app.

I wouldn't pay to advertise with you after you have disenfranchised so many viewers.


Geezus.. just download it or watch it online. Google is your friend..


i only want to say the F-word for ABC. If they keep doing that, more and more people will stop watching ABC shows. CBS, CW has great shows, too. And they are all FREE. Can't stand ABC, all they think is money. OMG.


This is so stupid!!! anything for a buck huh!!! NICE ABC REAL NICE!


I have hulu plus, and I'm currently unable to get ABC family shows that aired this week. Is that going to be the case all winter, that I'll have to wait a week? I get ABC on tv because I have basic cable, but I don't get ABC family which is why I purchased hulu plus.


do some search, there are lots of places out there where you can stream them the next day. get yourself a vpn so they can't track you.
no, i don't advocate this. but since i was willing to sit through commercials that should have been enough. so to hail with them. i'll go to these other sites that rip out the commercials and they won't make a dime.


I am furious about this!! I am paying a Hulu plus subscription but I can't view some of the episodes until people who are not paying anything at all get to watch them?! This is ridiculous!! I want to relax for a day and catch up on my shows but oh no I can't do that because it is only available for people who have one of the listed cable providers!! I agree with someone else who said they are going back to reading because it is easier!! Oh, and that was very smart to change the rules in the middle of the season when everyone is addicted!! I can't wait for this season to be over so I can stop playing this game and watching these shows!!!


This is very frustrating. I am a full time student and full time worker living on my own making my way through college and unfortunately i cannot afford a ridiculously over priced cable bill. This is how i've been watching my shows for as long as i can remember. Someone should petition this.


Very irritating!! I have hulu plus but loved using the abc family app and the abc app. It's one thing to require cable provider sign in but why not include more than just 6 of them?!? Direct tv and dish arnt even listed!!!


False. I've been a Hulu Plus subscriber for a long time. I can no longer watch ABC shows because I don't have cable. This is dumb.

Sev Wilder

I cut the cable cord a long time ago. It was nice to be able to stream certain shows, but they completely lost me know. TV as we know it, will be extinct very soon.

Tina Nguyen

What they are doing now makes the electronic devices you are buying doesn't worth anything.


and……. I'm done. Too much work to be able to sit around and relax. I'm going back to reading. Takes less effort.


I feel like they are attempting to herd the audience like a flock of dumb sheep. If the viewers jump through all the hoops, sign up so they know exactly who is watching what, and also pay them to do it, then next season they will charge even more. Meanwhile the shows' content is becoming less creative and more like brainwashing in the attempt at "edgy" messages. ABC might make a bit of short-term profit, but they have lost viewer loyalty. I am not going to pay extra to feel manipulated.


And score another one for Bit Torrent. You're making it an easy decision, ABC.


Sucks to be us. I try very hard to play by the rules and not use those websites out there streaming your content, ABC, but guess what I have a little addiction called SCANDAL (great job getting me hooked!) and now you expect me, a busy-broke-tvless warrior, to ween off and wait a week. I'll wait a week, in fact I'll stop watcing by the rules, and I'll go watch sans commercials. Good grief, let the people have their abc streaming, what else can you take from us.


Is there NO ONE in the US government who looks out for citizens? ABC uses PUBLIC airwaves for BROADCAST TV. So, gee, if I don't pay the monopoly prices for Cable, I can't see the show immediately? Because guess what, you can't "tape" shows anymore with digital TV. (Ha ha, I still have analogue and a VCR). Well, news flash, I will find the show elsewhere online and without the commercials, so screw ABC. Cut off your nose to spite your face.


This makes me really mad!!! I just might stop watching those shows all together or I'll wait until the season comes out on Netflix (DVD) and I'll get it that way. I wouldn't even be watching some of these shows if it weren't for streaming. I don't have time to watch them when they are on. If you are going to start doing that, maybe you should consider cutting down the COMMERCIALS!! Maybe then I will actually subscribe to a service!


Well the week after thing is not true because I tried watching some old episodes on their app and it said I couldn't watch unless I signed in with a tv provider


Welp, I guess I'm just going to have to wait a week. I'd rather not but considering I DON'T have cable, my only option is just to wait. This particularly sucks. I've been watching their shows online for forever, because it's convenient for me. That was my favorite thing about ABC Family online, they aired it the day after on their website. Ugh, I'm a big PLL fan and now with no other options the show basically comes out next week for me.

Miles Ellison

The problem that the networks have is that most of their revenue is derived from people watching the shows when they initially air, and many people don't watch TV that way anymore.


And they wonder why people can't or don't want cable anymore. This is absurd. They increased the price of the "free" on demand shows, now you can't fast forward through the commercials, and now you have to figure out your account info just to watch a show. This is just too much trouble to even bother with watching any shows on the regular networks. The reason people used the internet to watch the shows they liked was out of convenience to fit their personal schedule. I am so disenchanted and angered by the networks.


I think this is such bs, I have xfinity but don't have the package that includes abc family. So I used the app for obvious reasons, now I have to either wait a week or upgrade my cable. The point on online is you can watch it whenever and wherever!!


Wow WhAt a slap in the face ABC and any of it's soon to be followers of the bad decision I can't afford cable or directv and internet so i have chosen internet and the bunny ears on my roof doesn't pick up ABC FOX or PBS one of the down falls of being a country bumpkin. so boy-cot is my only answer and screw u ABC and the fact u are an over the air network that now makes people pay to watch your only 2 good shows and i now have to wait a week to watch the evening news with Diana Sawyer. Hope this all blows up to very lows online views!!


I have Hulu+ you can only watch abc shows on a PC not on an iPhone. I have a computer but no wifi now as I've just moved. Pretty disappointed…


ABC was the leader in online viewing of all the networks, long before Hulu came around. Several of ABC's shows I watch because I was able to check them out online the day after they aired. I might not have watched but after hearing how good a show was, I'd check it out on their website or Hulu, and if I liked it, would add it to my DVR. Now, if I'm not interested when it airs, I'm not likely to make the effort a week later.


This is bullshit. I have cable but my parents won't tell me their username and password so now I can't watch Ravenswood and Pretty Little Liars because I work the nights it's on. >_< not only are they losing viewers without cable but their losing young adults that work an go to school. What an inconvience!!! We should petition…


I Just wanted to give you a whole hearted "F YOU" seriously i use wifi to watch your shows so i have no TV. Now i cant watch your shows cause you demand i log into my TV service through your site? This has got to be the STUPIDEST idea EVER, PLUS i got to sit through crap tons of commecials on top of that? You supposed to make it easier to watch your shows, so we can put up with commercials like TV. I'm gone not worth the hassle. Fire the idiot marketing people who thought this was a good idea to alienate all the people watching your shows online for no good reason.

Rich G

Very disappointed in ABC you lost me as a viewer both online and terrestrial television the moment you made me have to verify my tv provider. Im boycotting all ABC programming.

Rich G
San Diego Ca


i think this is sad, since they own hulu. i wonder if some plus subscribers are going to stop their subscriptions. at least fox allows hulu+ subs to watch the next day. ABC did not even provide this option which makes no sense considering they are one of the owners for hulu plus


I will not be investing any time into their shows any more because I sometimes have to miss an episode. I also will not be returning to their site. I can't afford cable and if ABC wants to be a cable company then I am no longer a viewer.


This sucks!!! Being in college the watch abc app is the only thing that kept me updated on my favorite shows…. What am I going to do in between classes now?!?!


BOOOO! This sucks! I'm addicted to Ravenswood on ABC Family, but I am in college so I am always so busy and miss it frequently. Watching it on the app was the best thing ever…. Terrible idea.


Very inconvenient and irritating. I look forward to see how greed hurts their bottom line instead of boosting it as they think it will. I wonder who the genius was who thought up this plan? Why didn't they walk out on the street ask the first 10 people what they thought of it to quickly realize it wouldn't be a good idea. Do they get a percentage back from things like Hulu where their shows are aired?


Up here in rural Maine directv or dish are our tv options. So, even though we are paying for our local ABC station on directv, we can't access them online because our provider isn't listed. I work overnights as a nurse, so watching Scandal when it airs isn't really an option. I guess I will just have to stop watching. Boo ABC!


I don't need A.o.S this badly, R.I.P A.o.S 01/07/2014

Oh, and EVERY OTHER abc show R.I.P.


Definitely dumping abc just as I did with cable 7 years ago… these network stations really aren't helping their bottom line with BS like this… I hope one or two read the comments to sites like this. And castle was just getting good this year :P oh well there are much better shows out there and I don't have to wait for those haha :)


You see this is why NBC gets the most views they're not dumb. They actually think before they do!


You greedy sons of bitches! Smart move. We'll wait cuz we are broke this is America for Pete's sake!


This really sucks for us poor people! I'm a single mother with two kids, getting no child support. I cannot afford cable! I subscribe to Hulu Plus and Netflix. This works for us. It's affordable for me and the kids are happy to have something to watch. If I had cable, I would dvr the shows I miss. I wouldn't need to pay for Hulu Plus!


Network TV (free via antenna) and they want us to pay for cable in order to view? I'm done with ABC. Stupid, greedy assholes.


I'll stop watching….We cut the cable cord years ago. It DOES really annoy me though that a network TV station is making this choice. I can watch ABC for free on my TV and there were a couple of shows I preferred watching day after airing as a lunchtime treat….just don't care enough to wait the extra week……out of sight…out of mind…..


This is the stupidest thing Ive heard…I will stop watching, i hope that they realize how many viewers they will lose and change their minds…


I will probably stop watching. Only look forward to a couple of shows on ABC, but there are soooo many other options out there in streaming land to stay entertained. I would think they would lose some of their viewers over this change and, therefore, these shows will lose whatever popularity they once had. American Idol is the same way. If I can't find it online when I don't have television access, I lose interest quickly. I am surprised with this decision, considering all the advertisements we had to endure anyway.

Bethanie Hamilton

I think its ridiculous! and I to hope that the experience some major hit to their ratings and viewership because of this!

Miles Ellison

This is why piracy is rampant.


I hope abc loses viewership and ratings go down for this.


I don't rely on this but sometimes I do miss a an episode and then I need this method because I don't trust other websites. This is intensely dumb especially since we don't really have a reason for it. I am so mad you have no idea. I am livid.


Hahaha. Don't have tv for past 8 years :) I will survive and wait. Who ever came with this idea should give the salary back to abc.




I have Hulu+ and Netflix. If I can't get the show on either of those, I will wait. Hulu+ is worth it. However, FX needs to start allowing shows be on Hulu+.


I think networks and other content producers greatly underestimate people's ability to just wait. Anyone who absolutely has to see Scandal as soon as it airs has cable…or an HD antenna. The same goes for movies – remember that ridiculous plan to charge people something like $30 to watch a movie in their home before it came out on DVD? I don't now if that's still going on, but I never understood it. I can wait for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant or RedBox.


There are two network shows I watch. Just two.
One of them is "Scandal", which I got hooked on via watching Season 1 on Netflix.
If I didn't have the ability treat myself to the Season Pass, I might not watch at all until it hit Netflix…or Amazon.
I wouldn't watch on or Hulu because I'm not paying for content with commercials in it.
ABC isn't helping thenselves with this move.
People are Time Shifting via DVR or even still VCR.
People are also deciding they can wait.
Everyone can't afford cable. I'm lucky…right now. I have cable.
I'm also clever and can find other means…matey.


I'm young, broke, living in New York so I'll have to wait a week because paying a cable bill is much lower on my priority list than paying my student loans and health insurance. It's not a smart move for ABC if it were at all interested in its consumer base continuing to support its programming. But hey, maybe I'm the only broke person in America right now so it won't affect them too much.


I cut the cord 3+ years ago and policies like these won't get me to change my mind. I'd rather wait a week. There are plenty of other entertainment options (of which, a book is one) out there.


I cut the cord last year, and the only ABC program I even bother checking in on is Trophy Wife. *shrugs*


Interesting…..Comcast Xfinity has not been able to provide ABC shows for November! They claim this is due to ABC not releasing the shows to them! What’s up ABC?

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