ABC has re-launched its streaming service with full seasons of 38 classic shows, seven original digital series featuring comedians including Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger, and a redesigned user interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV.
All series, including Betrayal, Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, School House Rock, Sports Night and Ugly Betty, and the digital shorts will be available on ABC.com and ABC apps.
“Our team has completely re-‐‑imagined the digital viewing experience for ABC fans,” said Karin Gilford, SVP of Digital Media, ABC Television Network. “In addition to the current ABC shows that fans know and love, we are introducing new ABCd original digital series that are fun, fresh and perfect for mobile, and we are making full seasons of all-‐‑time favorite shows available for binging. Fans on Apple devices will benefit from a dynamic new interface that makes it easier to find shows. All of this allows us to expand beyond the bounds of our linear schedule and extend ABC storytelling to viewers across screens and platforms.”
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At launch, seven new ABCd comedy and lifestyle digital series developed in-‐‑house by ABC Comedy Development, ABC Daytime and ABC Digital Media, are available. More than 40 additional series are in development and will roll out monthly. These series, along with all library shows, are available without signing in with a pay TV service, according to the network.
“With our new digital comedy series, our creative team is able to experiment and push storytelling boundaries to create content that is daring, empowering, inclusive, emotional and true to life,” said Samie Falvey, EVP, Comedy and International Scripted Development, ABC Entertainment. “We hope this will be an opportunity for our existing talent to flex their creative muscles, and also an opportunity for audiences to discover and champion new emerging content creators.”
“Whether the topic is love, saving money, or food, ABCd’s unscripted slate features some of today’s most irreverent, fresh and authentic voices offering insight, humor and practical advice on the subjects our viewers care about most,” said Lisa Hackner, EVP of Daytime and Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Network.
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