Watch ABC app arrives with live TV for iOS, Web

ABC's app for watching live TV shows has arrived, but only for a handful of markets so far.

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ABC's new live TV video service Watch ABC has arrived on smartphones, tablets, and the Web, though its availability is highly limited for now.

Disney/ABC on Tuesday announced the availability of the live programming feature in its mobile app in New York City as well as Philadelphia though local respective networks WABC-TV and WPVI. The update adds a "live" button to ABC's newly renamed Watch ABC software for iOS devices that lets users in those markets watch live streams of those two stations, just like they would on a TV.

News of the feature came over the weekend and was first reported by The New York Times.

The software is now available for iOS, and on the Web. ABC says the feature will soon be headed to the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy devices as well.

The live feature will roll out in another six markets, including Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh-Durham (WTVD-TV), and Fresno (KFSN-TV). It will also launch for Hearst-owned ABC Stations in 13 markets that include Boston, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Milwaukee, in the coming months.

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Jason Parker has been at CNET for nearly 15 years. He is the senior editor in charge of iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.

 

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