Television network ABC is said to be in the works of creating a mobile app that would live stream its TV programming, according to The New York Times. If ABC does come out with such an app it will be the first U.S. broadcaster to embark on constant live streaming for smartphones and tablets.
ABC, which is owned by Disney, is known for shows like "Good Morning America," "Dancing with the Stars," "General Hospital," and "Grey's Anatomy." The live streaming app would supposedly bring all of these shows to users the same way a television would, but with the main difference being that people could tune in from anywhere. Also, it wouldn't be free -- users would have to subscribe.
While novel, live streaming apps aren't necessarily new. Similar apps have popped up over the last couple of years. In April 2011, ESPN, also owned by Disney, launched WatchESPN, which lets subscribers watch live programming from several of its channels. And, last summer during the Olympics, NBC Sports and Adobe Systems partnered to create two apps for live streaming the games on mobile devices.
It's unclear if ABC will come up against hurdles from broadcasters and local TV stations. According to The New York Times, ABC has started talks with local stations about how they can be involved in the live streaming app. The newspaper reports that the app could be available as soon as this year.
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