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ABC Increases Restrictions For Online Show Viewing
by Karl Bode 06:32PM Thursday Jan 02 2014 Tipped by Toguro See Profile
The consumer desire for increased viewing options and freedom is greater than ever, yet ABC executives have decided that tightening up their restrictions on online viewing further is a better idea. Janko Roettgers at GigaOM points out that ABC is now requiring that users sign in with their cable account information if they want to watch new episodes of the network’s shows online the day after they air.

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Unless you have a cable subscription or subscribe to Hulu Plus, you'll need to wait eight days after a program's air date to watch new episodes. Fracturing things further is the fact that access to new episodes will also depend on who your ISP is:
ABC has teamed up with a number of TV providers, including Comcast, AT&T and even Google Fiber, to offer authentication, and Hulu offers authentication through AT&T, Cablevision and Verizon. However, no similar agreements are in place for DISH, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable, meaning that customers of these providers will have to wait a week for new ABC episodes as well.
The thinking among executives is that you'll be less likely to cut your cable cord -- or more likely to subscribe to Hulu Plus -- with these restrictions in place. In reality many users will simply be quicker to download a pirated, no restrictions copy of the episodes they're looking for.

ABC has posted a FAQ here for those that are interested.

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reply to Edrick

Re: Whatever

said by Edrick:

Let me ask you, what do you do for work? Perhaps I can say well fuck you too because the parent company or the boss at the top takes away a crap ton of money. Regardless of how much you actually get paid or need to survive. I'm going to judge whatever industry you work in and say you know what fuck em, I'm going to screw them out of their money who cares about the people who rely on that income.

I'll give you a free piece of info. Just because the network or parent company takes away a shitton of money doesn't mean the people who work or rely on the creation of this content are also.

Here's what I find interesting;

If I put up an antenna, I can record ABC's shows and then fast forward through the commercials. I get to watch the show for free, I don't watch the ads, ABC gets no money from me and it's all perfectly legal.

Or I can download a copy of the show off the net. I get to watch the show for free, I don't watch the ads, ABC gets no money from me, but suddenly I'm a filthy thief?

How is downloading network shows, which are viewable OTA for free any worse than recording them via an antenna and fast forwarding through the commercials?

Even when I watched live TV, I used to flip channels as soon as the commercials came on.

And here's something else to think about;

The networks themselves bear a huge part of the responsibility for driving people to piracy. Back in the 70s and early 80s, I never minded commercials that much. There were maybe four breaks per hour with 2-3 commercials each break. Now there are about 10 breaks per hour with 10-15 commercials per break. An "hour" of programming has gone from about 52 minutes in the late 70s to around 40 minutes today. Not to mention that besides the actual commercial breaks, every show now has popup ads on the bottom of the screen after every commercial break. Usually they advertise other shows, but I've even seen a couple that advertise products. Plus every show now has obnoxious product placement ("Let's take my new Prius! It has all wheel drive, front side impact protection, satellite radio and generous financing options!").

Karl Bode
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reply to ISurfTooMuch

Re: Nailed it

These guys spend all day in meetings surrounded by people specifically hired to kiss their ass. Is there any wonder their ideas (let's make our product LESS accessible!) never really grok with the reality on the ground? The big telco executives have a similar disease.