Could this mean an ABC roku channel is in the works?

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Could this mean an ABC roku channel is in the works?

Postby danstl » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:25 pm

Its interesting that if you type in this URL:
http://abc.go.com/roku

You actually get a blank page, but not a "Sorry could not find that page" error...

any other bogus url directory gives you a "Sorry could not find that page"

What do you all think? Gosh something like that would really cause some issues with cable companies...

Also in the source code for that page there are references to abcdm.abc.vp2

vp2, is ABC's beta player....
(grabbed this from googles cache from feb, 5th, 2010)
This is Google's cache of http://vp2.abc.go.com/
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interesting..
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Postby Crow550 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:44 pm

How did you come across this?
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Postby danstl » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:47 pm

was just playing around on ABCs site :) was watching LOST, and thought it would be cool if this was a roku channel... and typed in the URL...
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Postby Crow550 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:56 pm

I don't see an issue if TV networks added in older shows and episodes......

I guess we shall see.........
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Re: Could this mean an ABC roku channel is in the works?

Postby mcduff » Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:57 pm

danstl wrote:Its interesting that if you type in this URL:
http://abc.go.com/roku



Interesting find. Thanks for sharing.
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Postby QuantumIguana » Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:19 pm

It would indicate that they are at least thinking about it. Not sure what content they would actually offer. If they offered the same content that is available on their website, that would be good.
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Postby hammerpocket » Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:25 pm

You can already get ABC in full over the air for free, and many of the shows on demand through the ABC website. Why would a Roku channel upset the cable companies? If anything it would upset ABCs local affiliate stations.
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Postby KennyJ » Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:37 pm

hammerpocket wrote:You can already get ABC in full over the air for free, and many of the shows on demand through the ABC website. Why would a Roku channel upset the cable companies? If anything it would upset ABCs local affiliate stations.


Because some people have cable due to poor OTA reception. If you can get your favorite network shows without subscribing to cable, they won't be happy about this.
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Postby jeffrok » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:53 pm

hammerpocket wrote:You can already get ABC in full over the air for free, and many of the shows on demand through the ABC website. Why would a Roku channel upset the cable companies? If anything it would upset ABCs local affiliate stations.


It would ABC's decision- so how could Roku be upsetting Roku? If anything, the local affiliates would be upset with ABC itself.
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Postby jcmolet » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:54 pm

hammerpocket wrote:You can already get ABC in full over the air for free, and many of the shows on demand through the ABC website. Why would a Roku channel upset the cable companies? If anything it would upset ABCs local affiliate stations.


I think it would be significant in that a major network would be fully endorsing this new model. Certainly the other major networks and the cable/satellite industry would take notice. And lest we forget, ABC is the parent company of a certain group of sports networks.
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Postby hammerpocket » Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:47 pm

jeffrok wrote:
hammerpocket wrote:If anything it would upset ABCs local affiliate stations.


It would ABC's decision- so how could Roku be upsetting Roku? If anything, the local affiliates would be upset with ABC itself.


That was my point -- that ABC's decision to stream through Roku would annoy local affiliates by taking away ad revenue and ratings for local shows.
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Postby Crow550 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:13 pm

hammerpocket wrote:
jeffrok wrote:
hammerpocket wrote:If anything it would upset ABCs local affiliate stations.


It would ABC's decision- so how could Roku be upsetting Roku? If anything, the local affiliates would be upset with ABC itself.


That was my point -- that ABC's decision to stream through Roku would annoy local affiliates by taking away ad revenue and ratings for local shows.



If they stream new episodes. If they stream old episodes......I don't see an issue.

Or the same amount of ads for streaming new episodes?
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Postby ronaldl79 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:42 pm

This looks very interesting. It could mean anything, but it's still interesting.
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Postby zwei » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:41 pm

One can only hope.
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Postby QuantumIguana » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:26 am

It does indicate that they are considering using the Roku in some manner. They may not be putting up the latest episodes, as this could take away from their local affiliates. But it may be a way of distributing other ABC content. I'm highly unlikely to buy a DVD of a TV series unless I really, really like it. But I might watch prior seasons by streaming.

I'm more likely to watch a TV series on OTA if I can catch up with the older episodes.
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