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With the rise of video streaming services, you can easily watch live TV without any cable contract. With an active internet connection, you can stream almost any live channel by subscribing to a particular service. Gone are the days of bulky equipment and wiring. Today, many live TV networks allow you to watch content by signing up on the website. You can stream these networks not just from your desktop, television, and mobile phones but also with the help of devices such as your gaming consoles and Roku Players.

Before you cut the cord, there are a few things you should know. A single streaming service cannot be a cord-cutting alternative since it provides a specific number of channels.

Most of these services are suitable for general audiences interested in watching a particular form of content. For instance, if you’re interested in sports, you can opt for fuboTV, but if you seek originals, then I’d advise you to subscribe to Netflix or CBS All Access. Are you getting my point? You need to subscribe to each service individually.

What’s amazing is that you can subscribe to a host of services and still find yourself paying less than what you’re paying for your Cable or Satellite TV connection.

ABC, as a channel, is available on various streaming platforms. Its content is available on any network where Disney is involved. Since ABC is owned by Disney since 1996, most of the ventures that involve The Walt Disney Company feature ABC as a standard channel. Thus, you can find ABC on Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and even PlayStation Hue.

History

ABC is an over-the-air network that caters to a local and national audience. It follows the prime-time content format which ensures that content such as news is specifically related to the areas. Though the day time content may vary from location to location, they all follow the same prime time schedule. Shows like ‘American Housewife’, ‘The Conners’ and ‘Fresh off the Boat’ are contents you’ll see across the country.

Design

ABC has one of the simplest yet the most unappealing homepage of all live streaming channels. Even AT&T TV Now with its corporate feel manages to have an up on ABC, and it’s so bland. But that’s until you visit its inner page. But before that, let’s check out the options on the homepage.

You get five options – Browse, Live, Schedule, Account, and More on the top left and a search bar on the right. Each of these categories does what they suggest. If you click on Browse, it’ll take you to the library section, if you click on Live, it’ll start live streaming and similarly you can check the guide via schedule and manage your account via the account menu.

I’d like to discuss the most happening part on the website and that’s the Content Library. When you click on Browse, it opens up a new page, where you can see a sub-header with genres followed by the titles. I like how the content has been arranged with headings – Popular, A-Z sort, Current, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News, Throwback, and Documentaries. This makes sorting the content really easy. For some reason, if you don’t find it helpful, you can make use of the search bar and access the content you want directly by typing the title.

Content

There’s no dearth of content on the ABC Network. You can enjoy sports like the NBA along with news, dramas, comedies and kid shows. Regardless of what you want to watch, there are many ways in which you can do so. Since ABC classifies as a free OTA network, you can watch it digitally. It’s not just restricted to cable, which means that you can enjoy shows such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘A Million Little Things’, ‘Black-ish’, ‘General Hospital’ and ‘How To Get Away with Murder’ from anywhere you want.

Some of the ABC titles that I like a lot include ‘Army Wives’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Body of Proof’ and ‘Felicity’. ABC is also home to one of the most prestigious award ceremonies – The Academy awards – ‘Oscars’.

There’s no dearth of content on this network. You can choose the content by simply clicking on the browse button on the homepage. You can choose from Current, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News, and Documentaries – which are just a few of the categories to help you find the content you’re looking for.

Desktop/Mobile experience

Many people are on the fence when it comes to switching to a digital platform from a cable network. Everybody has a slight hesitation, which is justified. And that’s why we’re here – to help distinguish the good from the bad. Though I’m an advocate for streaming services, I’d urge you to make the final decision based upon your trial experience on the website – A facility provided by almost all streaming sites.

Personally, I didn’t enjoy streaming ABC on desktop. Though I didn’t experience any discrepancies in playback. The overall procedure of locating your region and then adding the details before being able to stream is too much in this day and age.

Emulating streaming giants is not a cakewalk

Streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Prime Video have raised the streaming bar to a whole new level. Something which the likes of traditional TV channels are finding hard to emulate. And if that’s the case with you, then you need not worry because you can enjoy ABC on other streaming networks such as Hulu + Live TV.

Compatibility is its strength

If you’re watching ABC online with Hulu + Live TV like me, you get support on most devices. You can stream ABC network via different devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and even your mobile phones. Even if you’re not watching ABC on Hulu, you have alternatives such as AT&T Now, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.

Plans & Pricing

ABC can be viewed via Pay TV, satellite or streaming networks. If you’re not into cable TV or satellite, there are several ways in which you can watch ABC without spending a lot of money. These options are:

1. Hulu with Live TV – $40 per month – supports on Roku, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and Fire TV, Gaming Consoles – Xbox One and Xbox 360, iOS and Android Devices

Hulu with Live TV is a capable contender for cord-cutting alternatives. Thus, not just ABC, but you can access Hulu’s vast content library with a much better interface at an affordable price.

2. PlayStation Vue – $25-$40 per month – supports on Oculus Go, Roku, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and Fire TV, Gaming Consoles – Xbox One and Xbox 360, iOS and Android Devices

PlayStation Vue, though not as powerful as Hulu is an excellent way to watch ABC Network. You can share an account with your family and keep separate profiles. You can stream up to five devices at once and can choose which profile can use the DVR capabilities.

3. YouTube TV – $49.99 per month – supports Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android Devices

YouTube TV is a great way to watch ABC Network. Sure, its pricing is on the higher side but thanks to its unlimited cloud-based DVR you can not only watch 50+ channels but also make use of an unlimited amount of space.

4. AT&T Now – $50-$135 per month – supports Roku, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and Fire Tv, iOS and Android Devices

AT&T Now is one of the latest streaming services to enter the market. If you’re not into cable or satellite dish, you can start with AT&T Now which doesn’t require any contract commitments.

Suggestions I have for ABC

I tune into ABC to watch 4-5 shows, maximum. Not more than that. I’m not a big fan of these massive networks such as ABC, Fox, and CBS trying to mold themselves into a streaming platform because they aren’t able to do a great job. Personally, I’d prefer these channels to create more compelling originals and focus on content – an area in which they are lagging behind.

Conclusion

I’d suggest you watch ABC with Hulu + Live TV. That’s if you don’t have cable, obviously. If you’re looking for the best cable alternatives, then a combination of Hulu, Prime Video, Netflix and fuboTV would make the most sense.

Likes & Hates:
Many ways to view the network
Has its own streaming platform
Compatibility is not an issue
Website is not up to the mark
Doesn’t offer individuality as CBS All Access
Average content