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ABC to make fans pay to watch shows online or wait 8 days to watch

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Everything comes with a price and now even ABC is going to make it difficult for fans of their shows to catch up on episodes they may have missed. According to a Jan. 2 report on Matt Carter, the network will stop airing episodes of its current season shows online until 8 days after the show first appeared. The change goes into effect Jan. 6.

Fans who have access to AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, XFinity, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent, or Ferizon FiOS can continue to watch episodes the day after they aired. Of course, those are subscriber networks and you can only access them for a fee. Subscribers to Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and other types of on-demand TV can also watch episodes before the 8 day window.

Fox uses a similar set up so this is not groundbreaking stuff. It will however put a crimp in things for fans of shows like “Castle,” “Once Upon A Time” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” This will force fans to either struggle to stay current on their favorite shows by watching live or to give up on some of them.

More live viewing could earn SBC more revenue from advertising. Forcing people to subscribe to outlets where they can watch could also generate revenue. It could also drive people away from the network. Time will tell. What do you think of ABC’s move to limit viewer’s watching the day after an episode airs?

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