At Turner Entertainment’s yearly Upfront event today it was announced that TBS and TNT will make broadcasting history by being the first big entertainment networks in the U.S to have 24/7 streaming of their programming via their website and on different devices through two apps.
President Steve Koonin of Turner Entertainment said, “Starting this summer, subscribers will be able to watch TBS and TNT live—anytime, anywhere, on multiple devices. Tablets and smartphones become television sets, bringing new opportunities for us and for advertisers.”
Live streaming will start with new episodes of TNT and TBS hit shows. TNT’s lineup of returning programs features Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Major Crimes, Perception, and Rizzoli & Isles. TNT will also pump out some new shows for the summer in 72 Hours, Cold Justice, King & Maxwell, and The Hero. TBS will bring Sullivan & Son’s second season and new series Black Box and Deal With It.
The streams will be available on their official sites www.tntdrama.com and www.tbs.com as well the aforementioned apps which will be on iOS. These Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps will be released before the live streams kick off. To use the 24/7 streaming services, you’ll need to login with your cable or satellite provider info. This is similar to what NBC Universal did for the 2012 London Olympics—hopefully without the ineffectiveness that led to many finding alternative streams.
Not to be left out on this, ABC mentioned that it will be coming out with an app that will allow for iOS users to view live streams of their programs. If an ABC app user is in the New York City or Philly area, they will have access to local ABC affiliates. ABC looks to have eight cities in all for the initial summer launch of their app and like the TNT/TBS apps, will be available only to cable and satellite subscribers. There’s no mention of app adaptions for Android OS.
Are you planning to use the Watch TBS/Watch TNT and ABC apps to watch your favorite shows on the go?