ABC May Start Online TV Subscription Service

Posted Tue Jun 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

On the plus side, it would be cheap, and it might be coming to game systems. On the downside, it would still have commercials.

Surveys went out to ABC watchers earlier this week that questioned consumers about a possible ABC subscription service. And if ABC is following in the best traditions of Netflix, you can bet that means we'll see it sooner rather than later.

So here's the proposed plan. If you're not paying the subscription, you'll be able to see the last two episodes of most current shows, but nothing from shows that are no longer on the air. You'll get about 35 percent of the commercials that you see on regular television, and HD video quality. And you'll have to wait until the morning after to watch.

If you're paying – ABC has tossed out numbers between $1.99 and $4.99 a month – then you get the five latest episodes of current shows, and you get them immediately after they air in your time zone. You'll also get episodes from some older ABC shows, and a further decrease in ads. You'll only be seeing 15 percent of the commercials you'd normally see.

The survey also says that you'll be able to watch ABC shows in HD on "any device or computer with internet connectivity." Does that mean devices like the Roku HD, Xbox 360 and PS3?

Source: Engadget

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