Sometime in the last week, ABC made a move in conjunction with major cable providers to block ABC .com online streaming of shows unless you log in with your television provider credentials to prove you have local access. Though I think I read that after 8 days the content will become available even if you don't verify.
For a while now I've had the wife and I go completely kosher with regards to obtaining TV shows. We don't have a cable TV subscription, don't have DirecTV, don't have Hulu Plus, and don't have Netflix. For the most part it's worked fine and dandy for us. Just about every network makes their recent episodes available on their websites, so other than some really horrid user interfaces, the addition of commercials, and limited availability for episodes other than the most recent, kosher online viewing hasn't been that bad.
But now, ABC seems to be doing everything in its power to drive us onto a pirate ship. The wife really
loves The Bachelor, which just started a new season, but with kids in the mix, it's just not possible for her to watch it live. If our old DVR was working, we'd have no issue. Hell, if I fired up an old VCR, we'd have no issue.
It just boggles my mind that ABC thinks that watching TV from their website is an affront to their way of business life. Not only are we watching their commercials, we're giving them a way of tracking our viewing habits instead of just invisibly watching from over-the-air tv or from a pirate ship. Do the ABC decision-makers have any clue
how quick and easy it would be for someone to watch their shows from a pirate ship instead of dealing with this?!
Oh, and from daring to look at some of the comments in articles about this, even some people with
paid subscriptions to tv access are now dealing with this restriction, since not every cable or satellite provider joined ABC's bandwagon. One comment I saw claimed that there was even a major provider in NYC that wasn't part of the club.