Starting today, in order to watch an episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL online ABC requires uses to "verify your TV provider to watch ABC programming at no additional cost."
ABC's WATCH ABC website and app now requires users to "sign in with a participating TV service provider account to view the most recent episode of your favorite ABC shows." WATCH ABC lets you view the ABC network live or on demand on various devices like smartphones, tablets, and your computer.
Currently the supported providers are as follows.
* AT&T U-verse
* Cablevision Optimum
* Comcast XFINITY
* Cox Communications
* Google Fiber
* Verizon FiOS
If you subscribe to any of these participating TV providers, you can verify your account with a username and password by following on-screen prompts on WATCHABC.com or in the WATCH ABC app. If you don't have a username and password, contact your TV provider customer service department for help.
If your provider is not listed, ABC says they are working to add more. In the meantime, you have a few options:
* Check your TV provider's video on-demand offering. Most offer next day viewing.
* You can access episodes on WATCHABC.com and the WATCH ABC app a week after they air.
* New episodes are also available with a subscription to Hulu Plus, or for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
The network explained the new requirements in an FAQ this way:
"Pay TV service providers are a key part of the television industry in delivering broadcast content through new technology platforms. Now, with the support of participating pay TV service providers, the ABC network is able to continue to bring live entertainment, news and sports programming on a national and local level as well as the latest on-demand episodes on new, emerging digital platforms at no additional cost to their subscribers."
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