How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney/ABC Television Group

Earlier today, we reported on changes affecting those viewers who use to view their favorite ABC programming. In our report, we noted that in order to view the network’s shows online or On Demand, viewers would only be able access programming within one week of air if they are a current subscriber to participating TV service providers. This change goes into effect on Monday, January 6. Not in our report was how this change would directly effect ABC Daytime’s “,” “” and “.”

A representative for the Disney/ABC Television Group confirms to Soap Opera Network that daytime is slightly different from ABC’s primetime shows, such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “,” and “,” when it comes to WATCH ABC’s new restrictions. According to the rep, the window for “View,” “Chew” and “GH” will expand from 7 days to 10 days per episode in the case of “The View” (1 week of authenticated; three days free) and 14 days per episode (1 week of authenticated; 1 week free) for “The Chew” and “General Hospital.”

This means that authenticated viewers of “GH” in particular will be able to view new episodes of the soap opera for up to 14 days after they originally air on the network. Previously, only 7 days was allotted. One week after airing on ABC, and its availability through authenticated services, users will be able to watch episodes of the series for free on or via the WATCH ABC app. Additionally, Soap Opera Network has learned via the rep that beginning Monday, January 6, all three shows will be made available the next day on , or to authenticated viewers on . This marks the first time that each series will be available on the platform, which in addition to logging into your account on .com, is accessible as an app on several mobile enabled devices (iOS, Android, etc) and gaming systems (, , ), among others. Those not a paying subscriber to or authenticated users of will have to wait one week to view the daytime programs on the website for free. Otherwise, DVR’ing the shows will be the only way to keep up on what’s happening outside of watching live on ABC.

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Currently only AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent, and Verizon FiOS are listed as authenticated TV service providers. The company notes that they are actively working to add more providers.

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  • Ann Freeman

    I probably drop GH and all other daytime shows on ABC and just exclusively with CBS!

    • let the numbers speak

      Won’t change the fact that CBS’ crappy talk show that replaced AS THE WORLD TURNS only draws about half the ratings in the women 18-49 key demo than GENERAL HOSPITAL in the same time slot!

    • Bexx

      Smartest decision you’ve ever made.

  • peggy goss

    I love GH and have watched that show since the beginning. I would like to see it on for 2 hours a day since the Katie show is no more. They certainly have earned extra air time as this show has been number 1 for years.

    • let the numbers speak

      Two hours is too much even for the best soap. Besides, “The Chew” is also considerably weaker in the key demos than GH, so they should cancel that crap, too, and put AMC and OLTL on again. GH has proved that these shows can get back to the ratings they were drawing only about 1-2 years before getting canceled. It’s a level of ratings in the key demos that those crappy replacement shows are lightyears away from. Advertisers are going to demand that more shows with ratings like GH’s are finally being put on again.

  • Sasha

    Who cares about “The View” and “The Chew”? I thought this was the “Soap Opera Network”. I and all of my friends and family members don’t watch anything else on ABC than General Hospital since AMC and OLTL were canceled and will continue to do so until all of our soaps are restored to their rightful places.

    • Bexx

      How many aliases do you have?

  • rose

    What’s going on with GH on hulu plus? It isn’t listed as part of hulu plus on hulu. Has it been pushed back? This article says it was supposed to start yesterday.

    • rose

      It looks like abc/hulu fixed it, GH is showing up on Hulu plus now.

  • Bre

    GH is not on HULU Plus yet? What is going on? Can anyone find out?

  • Aggravated

    This completely sucks. They no longer have soapnet in my area and now I cannot use my watch abc app to view it. I guess they are trying to completely take this soap off the air too and this is just a way to phase it out. ABC sucks anymore!

  • GranD

    I had used Soapnet to record GH because it was never interrupted by weather, breaking news, etc. Now if I miss a show I can’t even see it through the on demand section. This really sucks!!

  • Anonomous

    I’m sure money has played a major part in ABC’s decision to change the way they provide online content for viewers/fans. Did they even consider the inconvenience it would cause to these devoted viewers/fans? I think not. Hopefully, their money hungry decision will blow up in their face.

  • Tina Hamilton

    Watching ABC shows on demand is a terrible experience, one that I will try to avoid as much as possible. I missed the last 10 minutes of a show and am being forced to watch the whole dang show all over again?? Really??. How lame to not allow fast forward or jump x minutes.

  • Bonnie Jean Milroy

    Ok whoever is the Mr. Or Ms. Represent was who made the STUPID comment about ” That daytime is slightly different than Primetime”. Um Hello represent that is why it’s called DAYTIME it airs during the day. And it’s a different type of Genre on Daytime Tv. And draws a whole different type of viewing audience than primetime tv..You don’t see Cbs or Nbc Complaining about how there Daytime is different than there Primetime show. I feel like IMO Abc is trying to find a way to ruin our Daytime Tv Shows No Matter What. They Replaced AMC & OLTL with a stupid cooking Show and had another talk show That only lasted what 3monts That was In the OLTL Time slot, And now Thank GOD for GH wich is in The 2pm time slot and has been over a year now and still going strong for there only soap. And getting back to AMC & OLTL Prospect Park Picked them up. Cause they knew about the loyal fans and all them petitioning for them to keep them alive some way. And That is when Prospect Park heard all the fans (AND I WAS ONE A LONG WITH SAY CLOSE TO OVER A MILLION FANS!) They heard and gave us our shows back!!!!!!! But not even for 1 season! Thanks to ABC/ Disney who pulled the plug and started a class action lawsuit against P&P cause of some rights. There were no Rights IMO! Just because ABC Pulled the plug but they thought they had an excellence idea about bring a couple of character from OLTL to play there roll on GH, Like Kirsten Alderson brought her character Starr, Michael Easton brought John McBaine over, the only one who brought his character and was doing both GH & OLTL was Roger Haworth as Todd Maning. With a few other actress who stopped by GH set who was on OLTL full-time and that was Kassie DePiva As Blair & Florencia Lozano as Tea they both had Their major Roll On OLTL To Visit Todd & Starr & Jon on GH. IMO THis was AMC/ Disney Doing NOT P&P Cause it was ABC”S ider to bring those people to GH NOT P&P! IMO!!!!!!!!!

  • Tara Cummings

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  • Kendra

    Errol, ABC Go offers some great shows and of course the ABC live feature. If you don’t live in US, you can use UnoTelly or similar tools to access it in your country.