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News From NAB 2015: ABC to Include Affiliates in Its TV Everywhere, OTT Plans

Apr 15, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Streaming was a key topic for network executives including Disney/ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood during a meeting with the ABC Affiliate Advisory Board, and TVNewsCheck reports that the meeting left the affiliates reassured that the network is including them in its plans.

ABC Affiliate Board Chairman Mike Devlin told the publication after the meeting that on the subject of streaming, “The group came away at this point pleased. We were satisfied that whatever they do, it will be done with the affiliates.”

Much of the meeting, held during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, was reportedly spent discussing TV Everywhere and OTT.

The report notes: “Like other affiliate groups at the other networks, ABC affiliates have been slow to sign on to launch their network’s TV Everywhere service, ABC Watch. Among other considerations, there have been hints that ABC might be considering launching a subscription-based service similar to CBS’s over-the-top service, CBS All Access.”

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