ABC revamps its iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps, adds throwback shows

ABC 5.0 for iOS iPhone screenshot 001

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC), a broadcast television network owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group, announced today that its Watch ABC app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV shall be known going forward as just ABC. In addition to rebranding, the new ABC app now packs in an overhauled user interface and more content, including exclusive digital series for users who download the app as well as 38 full seasons of “throwback” TV shows.

Introducing the new ABC app, formerly Watch ABC

This means that people who download the new ABC app can watch cancelled ABC shows such as “Ugly Betty”, “Schoolhouse Rock”, “Ellen”, “My So-Called Life” and “Dinosaurs” without needing to sign into a pay-TV service account.

Those who sign into their pay-TV service account within the ABC app can continue to stream live TV and access the latest episodes of the network’s TV shows, including “Scandal” and Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”.

“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,” said Karin Gilford, ABC’s senior vice president of digital media.

ABC 5.0.1 changelog

Here’s what’s new in this edition of the ABC app:

  • New, modern look and feel to make finding shows you want to watch even easier
  • Fresh original series from the likes of Ty Burrell, Iliza Schlesinger, Tastemade and many more
  • Full seasons of over 30 classic TV shows from the ABC library

The new ABC app is available free from the App Store.

Source: The Entertainment Weekly