August 26, 2014 Last Updated 1:09 pm

ABC Digital update adds AirPlay streaming and Casting Now to its Watch ABC iOS app

The iOS app from the television network ABC, Watch ABC, has been updated today. The app, now on version 3.4.0, has added AirPlay streaming via Apple TV.

WatchABC-iPhone5-W-lgLike all such apps, users must sign into their TV provider account in order to use the app to view live television content. The app also can provide live video content to users in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco with a participating TV provider.

The update also adds Casting Now via Google Chromecast.

The Watch ABC is one of the older iPad apps inside the Apple App Store for content, having been originally launched early in 2011. The app was updated in March of 2012 to add support for the iPhone and iPod touch.

TV networks, of course, do not cross their cable partners, so the ABC app will not allow you to stream content live without that cable account. But cable providers are now starting to allow for live streaming, sometimes over data networks rather than just WiFi. Networks, of course, derive much of their income via retransmission fees. But Apple, which has been rumored to want to create its own smart TV products with content providers, generally forces the content creators to pay for access to their system – hence why we’ve not seen Apple have much success breaking into the TV distribution business.

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