While somewhat late to the party, the big U.S television networks are looking to online streaming as its next frontier to establish a presence. In a landscape mostly dominated by Netflix, Hulu, pirate variations of both, and HBO Go, ABC is diving into those very waters.
ABC is currently developing exclusive programming for its Watch ABC app with the first show looking to be a sitcom with comedian Iliza Shlesinger, winner of season six of Last Comic Standing. Competing networks NBC and CBS have already jumped into exclusive content with CBS grabbing headlines with the announcement of Star Trek returning in 2017 on its CBS All-Access service. CBS looks to rein subscribers in by running the first episode on broadcast TV in January of that year.
If it wanted, ABC could produce a good amount of animated and live action programming to bolster the service’s listings on Marvel Comics and Star Wars alone. The network’s plans for exclusive content for Watch ABC hasn’t been laid out, but the track record and content are there when it decides to announce a definite line up or plans to expand beyond just being available to partnering providers.