According to a new report, the ABC network is working on a new livestreaming app that may explain some of the issues currently going on at Hulu.
The New York Times is reporting that ABC is currently in development on a livestreaming app that would allow cable and satellite subscribers to watch the network’s programming via their mobile devices. As this would require a current subscription this would be considered part of the TV Everywhere initiative that so many networks are currently adopting. According to anonymous sources briefed on the project, the app could become available to some subscribers before the end of the year, and it would be a coup for the alphabet network as it would be the first to offer such a service.
There has been some discussion that not all is smooth sailing over at Hulu, which ABC parent company Disney is one of three partners. Even in his departure letter, outgoing Hulu CEO Jason Kilar addressed that there are ongoing talks between Disney and News Corp. one of the other owners of the service. Sources claim that Disney prefers the free, ad-supported model for the service while News Corp. is a bigger fan of the Hulu Plus subscription model. There has been some discussions of the companies offering to buy each other out, and one has to wonder if this app may be playing some form of factor in the discourse.
Should ABC stick with Hulu, one has to wonder if users will see any decrease in the number of programs offered, or an extension in the delay of episodes arriving on the service in an effort to push more users to the livestreaming app.