ABC News announced the release of ABC News on Apple TV, providing viewers with immediate 24-hour access to live, multi-streaming video and on-demand content, entertainment news, live hourly updates, original programming and video highlights such shows as “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
“Our goal is to put our users in control of their news,” said Joe Ruffolo, Senior Vice President of ABC News Digital. “We are very excited to be extending our leadership and innovation onto an amazing platform like Apple TV. Utilizing hours of live video each day, opening up our archives, extending our strong local brands, and bringing the trust of ABC News to our users when and where they want it.”
ABC News on Apple TV also delivers local news updates and video highlights from nine major market ABC television stations across the country. Stations at launch include: WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh, KFSN in Fresno and Hearst station WISN in Milwaukee.
The new channel offers video updates on the hour and 4-5 live updates per day from ABC News correspondents and reporters around the world; along with 50 years of historical video footage from ABC News’ archives.
According to the network, ABC News continues to lead the industry in digital, delivering live, original and VOD programming to millions of users across desktop, mobile, tablets and now connected TVs. For 28 consecutive months the Yahoo-ABC News Network has remained the #1 source of news and information online, according to desktop-only data provided by comScore, delivering more content to more users than any other online news competitor.
Over the past few years, ABC News has focused on delivering and expanding live and original video programming to users across platforms and to all devices. In 2012, ABC News launched the redesigned, day-parted ABC News App for iPad, developed to reflect the natural viewing behaviors of online news consumers throughout the day. Building upon this model, ABC News helped change the way users watch and participate in live news events when it launched three, live video feeds and a simultaneous social feed from inside the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to users across desktop and the ABC News App for iPad.