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ABC Channel

ABC Live Streaming

ABC News Live logo 2021.svg
Broadcast area Worldwide
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Owner ABC News
(Walt Disney Television)
Launched ABC News Now
July 26, 2004; 18 years ago
ABC News Live
March 2018; 4 years ago
Closed ABC News Now
April 27, 2009; 13 years ago
(4 years, 275 days)

ABC News Live (a.k.a. ABCNL) is an American streaming video news channel for breaking news, live events, newscasts, and longer-form reports and documentaries operated by ABC News since 2018. The channel is available through various streaming device apps such as RokuHuluYouTube TVSling TVPluto TVXumoFuboTVHaystack News, Samsung TV Plus, and the news division’s other streaming platforms. Justin Dial is the senior executive director of ABC News Live.


As ABC News Now[edit]

After having attempted a 20-minute online news program three times a week hosted by Sam Donaldson in 1999, ABC News launched a forerunner of ABC News Now (ABCNN)[1] in March 2003. The service was fee based except for the customers of America OnlineComcast, and a few other Internet providers. Later, mobile phone users could access the programming through Sprint‘s MobiTV.[2] The ABCNN service launched on July 24, 2004, with extended coverage of the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention. It was offered via digital televisionbroadband and streaming video at[3] and on mobile phones. It delivered breaking news, headline news each half hour, and a wide range of entertainment and lifestyle programming.

On January 31, 2005, ABC News removed ABCNN from owned and operated and affiliated TV stations’ subchannel as the channel ended its experimental phase originally expected to end after election day but extended past inauguration. The channel would continue on the internet and wireless devices. 20/20 senior broadcast producer Mike Clemente was then hired as executive producer to head up the channel as a part of an increasing capacity being developed for the channel to returns a permanent channel in the Spring.[4] The channel was relaunched as a digital terrestrial television network,[5] cable channel,[5] and broadband service in early April 2005.[6]

On November 5, 2007, Disney-ABC International Television announced plans to launch the channel in international territories, including GermanySpain and Belgium in 2008 on IPTV service Zattoo, with more territories, including the United Kingdom, planned for the next 6 months.[7] This marked the second international channel launched under ABC branding, the first being the United Kingdom general entertainment channel ABC1 which closed on September 26, 2007.

On October 28, 2013, ABC News launched a new cable news channel, Fusion, as a joint venture with Univision[8] and contributing its ABC News Now operations.

As ABC News Live[edit]

With news channels getting high ratings from the 2016 election and ABC News having exited its joint venture news channel,[9] ABCNL launched exclusive on Roku in March 2018[10] then added to Facebook Watch and ABC apps and websites. Also on October 26, 2018, the channel was added to Hulu with Live TV[11] followed by Hulu streaming on March 20, 2020.[12]

On April 21, 2020, ABCNL launched on YouTube TV and Amazon’s news app on Fire TV.[13]

On January 23, 2020, ABC News announced an expansion of staffing for the streaming channel and changes in programming to add newscasts and long form reports and documentaries being roll out over a month’s time. Justin Dial, formerly of Vice News Tonight, was hired as senior executive producer of ABCNL. Tom Llamas would anchor breaking news coverage at the time of the Iowa caucuses, while Linsey Davis would anchor two weekday one-hour evening newscasts.[14] ABC News planned as of March 2020 that ABCNL would air 18 hours of programming daily.[12]

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Current Programming[edit]

As ABC News Live[edit]

  • ABC News Live Prime, two weekday one-hour evening newscasts (February 2020-)

Former Programming[edit]

As ABC News Now[edit]

  • Tech This Out! — Technology news and a consumer guide to gadgets, hosted by Daniel Sieberg.
  • Good Morning America Health — GMA Health is a third hour of Good Morning America and also is themed toward health news and other health-related topics, airing 2pm/ET. Its predecessor was Good Morning America Now which was canceled due to lack of viewers. Its final broadcast was October 2008.
  • Inside the Newsroom — 2x times daily.
  • Money Matters — Financial and economic news and tips right after the NYSE opening bell.
  • Good Money — Personal finance information for everyday consumers and small business owners.
  • The Daily Download — feature stories, viral videos and stories from off the beaten path.
  • Popcorn with Peter Travers — An interview-based movie show, with stars talking to Rolling Stone movie reviewer Peter Travers.
  • Amplified — Indie music and interviews, brought to you by ABC News anchor Dan Harris.
  • TopLine — Inside the political arena with Rick Klein.
  • What’s the Buzz — celebrity entertainment news.[7]
  • World Piece — featured one international news story[7]
  • World View — Round-up of headlines from around the world.
  • Now You Know — Living Advice and News Briefs along with Weather, Now You Know was ABC News Now’s morning program.
  • Chef’s Table

As ABC News Live[edit]

  • Around the Table (September 10, 2019 -?) – an irregular presidential candidate interview program in which Democratic candidates are interviewed by three voters and moderated by anchors and correspondents around a table. Episodes would be used as a part of that night’s Nightline. In the first episode, Byron Pitts moderates Beto O’Rourke with the second episode being Linsey Davis moderating Senator Cory Booker.
  • Guardians of the Amazon (February 2020)  a documentary regarding rainforest destruction, produced by the Nightline team.

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