News Briefs: ABC Is Now Limiting Online Streaming of its Shows

IN HOW NOT TO RUN A NETWORK NEWS

... ABC would like to wish you a happy new year by limiting next-day availability of their shows. The network, which used to be one of the best regarding accessible online content, has announced that beginning Monday, January 6, fans wishing to view their favorite ABC shows will have to verify their cable subscription before being granted access to the most recent episode. For some of you, this might just be an inconvenient step on the way to watching the newest episodes of Scandal and Revenge, but for others, it's going to limit the way you watch TV. 

If you don't have a cable subscription you can, A) risk being spoiled and wait a week until the episode is available without logging in, B) watch via your Hulu Plus subscription, C) find some friends that will let you "borrow" their login information, or D) call one of the following TV providers and pay up: AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent, Verizon FiOS. For more information, visit the Watch ABC portal. [TVLine]


BUSINESS TIME

... Sherlock's long-awaited third season premiered last night in the U.K. to a record 9.2 million viewers. And if you think I read any more and risked being spoiled for the January 19 U.S. premiere, then you're a crazy person. [The Guardian]

... R.I.P. SOAPnet! The network signed off forever on New Year's Eve after 13 years of sudsy melodrama. In recent years, as the number of soaps dwindled, the network aired more and more reruns of shows like the classic Beverly Hills, 90210Gilmore GirlsOne Tree Hill, and more. I guess I'll never know if Lucas and Peyton ended up together. (J/K, obviously I already know that they do.) [The Wire]

... New Girl has released a new poster for the rest of Season 3, and this one includes Damon Wayans Jr. We knew Coach was sticking around for the rest of the season, but this poster makes us sad, as Coach is partly to blame for the less-than-stellar first half of the season. Do you like the poster? Cece's foot looks weird, right? It's not just me? [Zap2It]

... Bruce Springsteen is headed to CBS to promote his new album. No, I don't mean a concert special; The Boss is using CBS.com and The Good Wife to market his new album High Hopes, which will be released January 14Beginning January 5 at 7pm, the album will be available to stream online as part of a tie-in with the January 12 episode of The Good Wife, which features Will and Alicia sparring off as "each represent one half of a couple accused of smuggling drugs." The episode, titled "We, the Juries," will feature new tracks "High Hopes" and "Hunter of Invisible Game," and a re-recorded "The Ghost of Tom Joad." I'd say this was all really weird, but more Springsteen is never, ever a bad thing. [Rolling Stone]

... Viral marketing stunt for The Mindy Project or creepy fan? Either way, someone is maintaining a Mindy Kaling Tinder profile and that's just weird. But if it does turn out to be a publicity stunt, you'd think Fox would have waited until the show's April return date, no? [The Daily Beast]

... The Doctor Who Christmas special "The Time of the Doctor" was BBC America's highest-rated program in 2013. It brought in 2.472 million viewers, up 72 percent from last year's special. When you add in the encore airings, the Live+Same Day numbers jump to 3.02 million. This isn't terribly surprising given the positive reception of November's 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor," and that "The Time of the Doctor" was Matt Smith's final performance as the Doctor. It's just too bad the episode itself was kind of a let down. [BBC America via press release]

... If you've missed any of Mary's struggles on Reign, John's shirtless scenes on The Tomorrow People, or Klaus' murderous rampages on The Originals, now would be the time to stop skimming news briefs and actually start reading. The TV Guide Network will be airing marathons of each show later this month so you have no reason to be behind on any of them. Beginning Saturday January 4 at 2pm, you can catch up on that other Amell by watching every episode of The Tomorrow People. The Originals marathon will begin at 2 pm on Saturday January 11, and you can travel back in time on January 18 at 2pm to catch up on Reign. [TVGN via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Laurie Metcalf (HBO's Getting On) has been cast opposite Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre in CBS' new half-hour pilot The McCarthys, a comedy about an Irish Catholic family in Boston. Metcalf replaces Jacki Weaver, who played the role in the original pilot. The project is being retooled as a multi-camera comedy after initially filming a single-camera pilot last season. [Deadline]

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Hulu plus accounts do not work. ABC worked on the 8th day for the Bachelor but ABC Family is not working on the 8th day for Pretty Little Liars, anyone know why??
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Why change the online viewing? Not everyone can afford cable. All I have is the digital box to watch basic news channels & Netflix (&cant really afford that). ABC family is the only station I miss not having cable, & now you have taken the ability for me to watch the couple of show I like to watch because I cannot afford a cable subscription. This is not right! I was really looking forward to the new episodes of the fosters & Melissa & Joey. Thanks to your new changes, that should not be, I can't even watch those. I Downloaded the abc family app just to be able to watch! Thanks a lot ABC family! My ratings for you just went from a 10 to 0! Guess I'll become a psych and bones fan with my son! Thanks again!
Signed,
no longer a fan & very upset,
amy
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On, & by the way I don't mind even waiting a week or 2, but now I can't even see them then!
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BOOOOO to ABC! I only watch TV via the computer. I have no TV and NO CABLE! yikes! You have lost a customer!!!
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F U A B C
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E) Watch it online for free website that stream tv shows for free.
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I don't care about that new show and came to say that I loooved Getting On US and was very sad it only had 6 episodes :(
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Boo to ABC!! I live in a rural area and the ONLY cable company allowed by the township I live in is Time Warner. I've been watching several shows on live streaming. Guess I'll have to get a Hulu Plus membership.
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I am very upset at ABC for limiting online access to their shows! I was quickly catching up on OUAT before the clamp is put on and noticed that one of the "commercials" during this program was advertising ABC's limiting of shows as though it is a good thing and people have been clamoring for this to happen for years or something. It's not good, it's obnoxious and somewhat childish. I see ABC has taken a page out of FOX's book with this method of limiting online access to their shows, since FOX has been doing this for a while. ABC, please do not become more like FOX it's not a place you want to sink to because you may not be able to climb out.

Also, very excited for Sherlock to come back. It's one of the best shows on non-American TV!
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The ABC move is going to block those outside the US from accessing their online shows. And all stations tend to limit their online broadcasts anyways. They only bother to post recent episodes so if someone wants to catch up they can't. Frankly, it's a step backwards and will only encourage people to turn to illegal sources to get the shows. But right now I can't think of any ABC shows I want to watch.

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LOL at ABC and Sherlock. Love the comedy in that article.
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got to love disney corp
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or not
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I feel bad for Damon Wayans Jr. First his show got cancelled, and now some people is blaming him for being in another show. Give the man a break. At least he is working. Not everyone thinks his character, Coach is dud. Plenty of episodes to go, and he already had some moments.
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Mindy's not back till April???? Ah crap :( New Girl better get it's act together. (I don't think its entirely fair to blame Coach's return for the awfulness of S3 so far. It was pretty crap before he came back.)
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Let me see....should I go through the trouble of waiting to see an ABC show or just stop watching it all together. The latter seems the easy fix.
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The Boss is using CBS.com and The Good Wife to market his new album High Hopes,

Noooooooooooooooooo. This is the same Bruce Springsteen who in 1985 (and before) was counter culture and now he's a Madison Avenue Hollywood whore?

Time marches on and greed is good.

ABC would like to wish you a happy new year by limiting next-day availability of their shows.

As does CBS with BBT. Greed is good.
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".. Sherlock's long-awaited third season premiered last night in the U.K. to a record 9.2 million viewers. And if you think I read any more and risked being spoiled for the January 19 U.S. premiere, then you're a crazy person. [The Guardian]"

Could we get a placeholder review/discussion thread set up for the premiere season 3 episode...?

FYI, last season's finale, "The Reichenbach Fall," got 9.78 million viewers. I'm pretty sure 9.78 is higher than 9.2. :) That's a consolidated rating, but 9.2 appears to be the "peak" rating.
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Getting On is a great show. Hope it gets renewed but i'm not very optimistic.
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Dang you ABC!

Does anyone actually have one of those cable providers? I have never even heard of them.
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Where I live in the DC area, COX Cable Comcast and Verizon FiOS are the main 3 with DirecTV and Dish always being alternatives. I have FiOS
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It was just a matter of time before ABC ruined it. Guess that means I'm giving up on Grey's and Revenge now. It's hardly worth the effort to avoid spoilers and it frustrates me that it's not easier to watch things without a cable subscription. Alas, if it's not available on Amazon Prime or the free version of Hulu, I won't be watching (unless it's Game of Thrones and Doctor Who since I'm totally willing to pay for that).
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"How not to run a network?" The network puts shows in certain timeslots for a reason, and because they won't let you watch it whenever you ding dong damn well please, they're improperly running the network? When did we as TV viewers become so spoiled rotten? Either wait the week, pony up the cash, or - here's an unheard of concept - watch it when it airs.
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Those options only exist in a mythical utopian fantasy world. This world is simply not one of those
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Shocker,
As a full time student who has many classes at night (I'm getting my Masters) who cannot afford cable (not even basic, the only plans available in my area are outrageous) and who watches TV with a converter box and bunny ears, watching shows online is the only way I stayed in touch with the shows I liked. I work during the day, too, and having free tv to unwind with when I got home was nice. I got to stay on top of my shows without having them spoiled for me by the next week.

If not for online viewing, ABC would not have my views to add to their ratings. Watching tv when it airs is not possible for many people. I don't think it's a big deal for me to stop watching a few shows, or to wait a week. But people post spoilers everywhere, and it can ruin the experience. And, for a network that airs even on non-cable tv, to ask for a cable membership is a little too greedy for my taste.
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Most people I know been watching shows on any other devices other than TV for the last few years. My prediction is the next generation might not even know what a TV set looks like.
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Watch it when it airs?! What kind of 1990s logic is that?!!? (Kidding. Obviously.) However, I do know several people who don't even have basic cable to watch their shows anymore. It's interesting the way the TV landscape has changed.
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They (the networks) are also eliminating satellite providers across the board - CW started from the beginning of this season. It used to be you could log in with cable or satellite to open the delayed episodes on Hulu. Maybe we can sue the cable companies for antitrust activities.
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i don't think people should be worried about damon wayan's jnr being responsible for the ratings drop of new girl. i reckon given a bit of time he'll more than fit in there. he's too talented to just get rid of.
also thank the heavens sherlock is back!
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I'm not surprised by the ratings for Sherlock, after all the fans have been waiting two years for a new episode.
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I dont blame ABC for wanting to make more money. They are a business after all, I am guessing ratings are behind some of this too. They think that if have to wait than you are likely watch that show instead of waiting. This is not how the world works however. People who watch certain shows ( the fan base) will watch that show . You cant get more fan base by making the viewers wait. I think TV Exec have very little understanding of how the viewership really work/
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And the cycle continues. People pirate shows. The networks want that money. They put their shows on legitimately with ad support. People watch those instead. Then, after some time has passed, the networks forget why they put those shows online in the first place and take them off. People go back to pirating. GOTO 10.
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Well said !
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Would anyone of the younger generation still understand the 'go to 10' joke :-)
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No. However, being of the younger generation, I knew how to immediately google the unfamiliar term, learn its relevance, and say, "Ah, I see. 'Looping 'Hello World' program. Clever."
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There are a few ABC shows I am going to miss seeing on the same day, but it won't kill me to wait a little longer. There are only three shows I watch regularly anyway and they are on nights with plenty of other things to watch as well.
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I wouldn't have noticed the ABC shows being on a delay, if there is ever a conflict I record the ABC show and watch the CBS show on its 3 hour delay. I would rather watch the CBS show with commercials on a delay than watch the ABC shows on its slow-ass ad laden site. And apparently I don't watch a lot of ABC shows. And I watched most of this season of Survivor on the CBS site.
Fox show that I miss I just get from an "alternate" source. Having said that, I am happier to see CeCe in the New Girl poster, I was beginning to think the writers forgot about her this year.

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ABC, don't then go crying when we go to those other sites to download your shows, haha.
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Age has not been kind to poor Laurie Metcalf, at least not in that picture you chose.
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Age is kind to no one...except Halle Berry. Really, what's going on there...?
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Laurie Metcalf will be 60 years old next year.
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Goodness, is she really? Sure makes me feel old.
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What is sad, perhaps ironic, about the ABC thing is that they are not a cable station. They are a free, over the air network. Do we the American people still own the airwaves they are privileged to use?

If ABC could have moved the two soaps they canceled, One Life to Live and All My Children, to SoapNet, maybe they would not be in the legal trouble they are in now with those against prospect Park and fans could have continued to get their soap fix for those. Not to mention SoapNet would, could, build on original programming. If other soaps like Days of Our Lives and Y&R start going south, they too could have possible ended up there too. Likely wishful thinking, but still...

You would think Springsteen would choose a show set in New Jersey. Is there any since that Jersey Girl thing?
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What is sad, perhaps ironic, about the ABC thing is that they are not a cable station. They are a free, over the air network. Do we the American people still own the airwaves they are privileged to use?

One thing to keep in mind is that we live in an era where the largest cable TV providers are also internet service providers. ABC may technically still be a free ota network, but that's not really a corporate consideration. As sad a realization as it is, although the radio & television airwaves are supposed to be part of the public commons, the bottom line is, corporate money is always the loudest voice in the room & imo, it's our fault collectively as a society for not speaking louder than cash over the decades, passively allowing ourselves to get to where we are now.
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Oh, so that's what happened to SOAPnet. Well damn. What the hell am I supposed to watch at 4 in the morning now besides informercials?!?
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Re: the New Girl poster

Everybody's head looked photoshopped on. Terrible stuff; about as crappy and lazy as their current season, zing! :-/
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Cece looks really uncomfortable/awkward/weird in that picture. I think its the way she is standing...but there is something off
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BTW, if Kaitlin Thomas is actually for real and will wait til January 19 to start watching the third series of Sherlock... it means the rest of us will be 3 episodes ahead of her. And I live in Canada.

This is stupid, Kaitlin. Watch it now, and yes, you can - because the internet. Get with it already.
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Or I could not?
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I really didn't understand that whole 'wait til January 19' thing... 'til I remembered this:


Sooooo..... apologies, Kaitling. Turns out you are definitely in the right here. We in North America should ALL wait til January 19 - any other alternatives is just plain wrong.

Thank you for straightening me up.

**Goes directly to a P2P site; wonders if he should bother downloading the "Carrie" remake**
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Yeah, limit streaming from shows available EVERYWHERE on the net just a couple of minutes after they've finished airing, which ultimately will hurt your overall publicity revenues on your site since less viewers will go there.... just brilliant, ABC.

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Yeah, this is definitely a head-scratcher on ABC's part. Just when you think the networks might finally be learning something, they do stupid crap.
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You left option E off that first story; torrent it a half hour after the original airing ends.
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Stream! Streaming is the answer.
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Cable companies take a strong view on torrenting. They can and will trace your torrenting, unless you go through long, slow proxies.
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Nonsense.
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Back in the day, I received three warnings warnings in nine months on two separate accounts about it.

It may depend on your cable provider, but that would be Mediacom.
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There are lots of other safe ways to torrent without proxies. Not that I condone it.
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Mediacom is the Internet service provider, in this case.
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There's no way they can trace you unless your internet service provider is telling them what you do. So you might want to change the ISP, not the cable provider.
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Or if you live on the west coast you can download it before it has even aired in your area, not that I condone such a thing. ;)
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We don't condone illegally downloading TV! What kind of self-respecting TV viewers, do you think we are?
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The ones that are owned by CBS. ^^

But seriously: we live in the age of internet, when people are driven in masses to torrent sites, etc, when they have to wait several weeks for a TV show.
Networks should really try to broadcast around the same time or people go to other sources.
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Oh, of course no one at TV.com would dare to do such an immoral thing, no. Unfortunately the rest of the world is nothing but scofflaws and rapscallions. ABC doesn't seem to appreciate that.
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Winston's foot isn't much better. Who let that picture go through, anyway?

The worst part about ABC demanding a cable subscription to watch online are their commercials about it.

ABC: "Hey, viewers, remember how we begged you to watch our stuff online? Now we're ready to make you pay for it!"

Edited clip of Cameron from Modern Family: "Omigod, I'm so excited~~!!"

ABC: "This means you should be happy about this wonderful news! You no longer need to wonder; we officially think you're all stupid!"
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