• ABC to Live Stream Oscars to the Web and to iOS Devices but with Restrictions

    ABC recently announced that it will be live streaming the 86th Academy Awards to the Web and mobile devices including Apple’s iOS lineup but plans to limit access to subscribers of certain pay-TV providers in specific areas of the country. According to Variety, ABC is restricted the Oscars live stream to Watch ABC users, both on the Web and on mobile, who subscribe to eight specific providers including: AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications and Verizon FiOS. The regions of the country that are said to have availability include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Calif., Houston, Chicago, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Philadelphia and New York.

    Along with the Web version, ABC will be piping multiple live feeds to users of the Watch ABC iOS app, including behind-the-scenes coverage from 15 backstage cameras. The “Oscars Backstage” content which is sponsored by Samsung Galaxy is available to all users regardless of location or provider. These special feeds were previously given their own app but not this time. The video highlights and “Oscar Backstage” clips will be made available shortly after they air live, which translates to 5-10 minutes according to the publication. For the first time, ABC will also post coverage of the show’s musical performances.

    After the festivities, ABC will grant verified users access to an on-demand version of the entire pre-show and telecast for three days. ABC’s move to limit access to certain viewers is a part of a larger plan to maintain leverage in negotiations with cable, satellite and other TV operators according to Variety. The network is looking to charge providers an extra fee for subscriber access to premium Watch ABC content. Subscribers to the aforementioned cable providers who live in the aforementioned regions can access ABC’s coverage via Oscar.com, ABC.com, WatchABC.com and the Watch ABC app on iOS devices. The 47.8 MB app is available for free on the App Store.

    ABC's Oscars telecast is set to commence at 7:00pm Eastern (4:00pm Pacific) on March 2nd for those of you who didn't already know.

    How many of you will be watching the Oscars this Sunday?

    Source: Variety
    This article was originally published in forum thread: ABC to Live Stream Oscars to the Web and to iOS Devices but with Restrictions started by Akshay Masand View original post
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