ABC – Live TV & Full Episodes

Last modified
Friday, January 18, 2019

Description of App

WATCH ABC is a new way to experience ABC television. You can now watch your favorite TV shows and local programming – LIVE – at home or on the go.*

You can still watch your favorite shows ON DEMAND. View full-length episodes today! Features:
  • View ABC shows ON DEMAND such as Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Good Morning America, General Hospital, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more.
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.
  • Didn't finish your episode? Pick up where you left off.

  • Closed captioning available on select shows/episodes.
*Live video available in Philadelphia and New York City area only. Must be within each station’s local viewing area. Program substitutions may apply. Starting July 1, 2013, simply verify your eligible TV provider account for continued access to LIVE video. For more information visit:  U.S. based Internet connection required.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

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iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Initially, the welcome screen appears to be inaccessible, but there is a way to get around this, see below in the comments. Other than that, every part of this app seems to be VoiceOver-friendly. I was able to get a listing of all the different shows, and was able to watch one successfully...the developers really did a good job on this one.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

Not difficult at all to use! If you've been looking for a way to catch up on tv shows on ABC this one is a real winner. Note there are still some commercials, but not as many as you might see if you watched the show as it airs live.


1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Toonhead 8 years 3 months ago



Submitted by Lisa on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hello all, I use to be able to pick a show to watch then double tap on which episode I wanted to watch and it would play. Now since the app was updated I have to pick my cable provider before I can watch the show, but this can not be done with VoiceOver. The buttons for different cable providers are there, but VoiceOver doesn't recognize them. I had to have my sighted son pick my cable provider for me before I could watch the show I wanted to watch. He tried picking the provider with Voice Over, but it just can't be done. Such a disappointment cause this is an app I really enjoyed using. A step back in accessibility. Has anyone else experienced this problem with this app, and is there a work around? Thank you.

When I installed this app, Voiceover read absolutely nothing. I even tried turning VO off and touching around the screen to see if I could get something to happen. I'd say at the moment, this app is totally inaccessible.

Submitted by Lisa on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In reply to by Brooke

Hello Brooke, That same thing happened to me right after I updated the Watch ABC app. I had to have my sighted son get me past that screen cause nothing can be done on that screen with VO. Such a shame cause I really like this app.

Submitted by Toonhead on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Unfortunately, I have to agree. Since the latest update I'm not able to use this app effectively, and it's a real shame. You guys on the editorial team might consider changing the rating on this app to reflect the updates. Hopefully if another update comes out we'll have better luck.

Submitted by Kyle on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

i too use it, but once you get passed the provider screne it mostly becomes accessible. but that first screne is a pain in the you know where.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
Toonhead, Not sure if you know this or not. The app entry was done by you. So you can change this and the rating if this is done by the original poster. In this case you can do this by doing a Login. Go to this page. Underneath the name of the app. You should have the Edit link available to you. If this is a problem. Please let us know in how we can help. We always encourage people that have submitted app on to AppleVis to update their content when you can. HTH

Submitted by Bryan Jones on Thursday, February 20, 2014

The inaccessible screen being presented at launch contains some text describing new features along with a single button which must be activated to dismiss this screen. On my iPhone 5S, this button was located approximately one inch above the home button. I was able to dismiss this screen by toggling VO off with triple-click-home, then tapping once in the area an inch above the home button, and then toggling VO back on. It took me a couple of tries but I eventually hit it. Sorry, I'm not sure exactly where the button will show up on a different sized screen such as an iPad.

Submitted by Bryan Jones on Thursday, February 20, 2014

I was able to submit a problem report via ABC's accessible feedback form at I also called their U.S. feedback number, 1-800-230-0229. The person who answered patiently took my information and also verified that my online problem report had been filed successfuly. I should mention I had originally tried using the feedback form built into the App, but found it to be difficult to navigate reliably. Form fields and the on-screen keyboard seemed to appear and disappear randomly.

Submitted by Ahmat on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Is there a subscription fee to use the apP?

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