ABC.com has a new HD video player online.
ABC On Demand will feature clips from soap operas, talk shows and behind-the-scenes footage.
The entire broadcast can be streamed from now until Wednesday through ABC.com, ABC On Demand, Hulu, and Hulu Plus.
Walt Disney has confirmed that it has undergone another round of layoffs at its ABC.com division. Although a company representative declined to offer any figures, one employee who was affected estimated that roughly 85 percent of the staff was let go. "It's cost-cutting, and we felt that, looking at ABC.com, it was an area where we could still maintain a robust site but...with a smaller staff," said Kim Kerscher, a Disney spokeswoman. Disney, which owns ABC, has been gravely affected by the sluggish advertising environment and the slowdown in travel after the Sept. 11 attacks. Earlier this year, it folded portions of its Web operations back into their respective TV businesses.
Schizophrenia, alcoholism, dyslexia, Crohn's disease and mental disabilities are just some of the conditions more likely to afflict the left-handed than the right-handed, according to a report on ABC.com. [Missing Links]
Walt Disney says it plans to license its online content to BellSouth in an effort to attract people accessing the Web through the Baby Bell's dial-up and DSL (digital subscriber line) services. Disney will provide multimedia content and editorial from its sites, including ABC.com, ABCNews.com, Disney.com and FamilyFun.com. BellSouth customers will see links to the Disney Store and online promotions for Disney Vacations. The tie-ins will be visible on BellSouth's default home page, which serves 1 million subscribers. Disney, which once ran a Web portal called Go.com, has over the past year focused on being a content provider rather than a content aggregator on the Web. The entertainment giant has drastically cut its online work force and has folded some of its online operations back into their respective TV properties.
The Disney-owned network is relaunching ABC.com in an attempt to become a purveyor of entertainment information and appeal to a younger audience.
Instant messaging company Jabber.com says the Walt Disney Internet Group has licensed its software. Jabber.com says the media company plans to use Jabber services on one or more of its sites. The company added that Disney has developed its own Jabber client for Windows, called the Go Messenger, which can be downloaded from Go Mail. Jabber is a subsidiary of Webb Interactive Services, which offers an advanced XML-based technology. North Hollywood, Calif.-based Walt Disney Internet Group is a unit of Walt Disney and manages Web sites including Disney.com, ABC.com and ABCNEWS.com.
Fans of the popular TV cartoon "South Park" can now get a digital dose of the show on Comedy Central's Web site SouthParkStudios.com, which launched this week. With the site's debut, the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, will log onto to the site and chat with fans for the first time via the Web late Thursday and Friday. The site also features clips of upcoming shows and interactive games such as the "Cheesy Poofs" game, playing off characters from the show. The move is the latest effort by a TV producer or station owner to promote a hit show online by offering previews of upcoming episodes or creating a community for fans to commiserate. ABC.com, for example, streams sneak peeks of its soap opera "Port Charles," giving fans a glimpse into the show a day before each episode airs.
Walt Disney Internet Group says it plans to unify several sites under its ABC.com property later this year in an effort to cut costs. The new site, to launch in September, will "take full advantage of all the resources of ABC, the Walt Disney Internet Group and Disney's new relationship with Us Weekly," according to a company statement. Meant to appeal to a younger audience, it will publish news and entertainment from Seattle-based sites Mr. Showbiz and Wall of Sound, which will both cease to operate as independent sites. Seattle operations will be consolidated in Los Angeles. In late January, Disney said it would discontinue operations of its troubled Go.com Web portal and focus its Internet operations on its core brands of Disney, ABC and ESPN. The following month, the company joined with Rolling Stone publisher Wenner Media in plans for a new entertainment publishing company, called Us Weekly--after one of Wenner's New York-based publications. The new publishing company promotes Disney's offerings and the Us Weekly magazine.