- You need to log in with your Cable credentials.
- You must be in one of these markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco.
- Only “participating TV providers”. ABC is not listing these anywhere for 2015, so I assume it will be at a minimum the providers we saw in 2014.
Damn ABC, are you sure you want anyone to watch this live stream? Why not throw in a few more restrictions like age, income, and citizenship?
I must wonder who ABC is actually targeting here. If you have a cable subscription in the first place then why do you need to watch online?
Proxies and VPN’s: In theory it should be possible to use a proxy, or VPN to access ABC.com and spoof your location to one of the supported markets. Top it off with some borrowed cable credentials and you’re in. Similarly you might try and access ABC via USTVNOW, again combining it with a proxy service. As of this writing I’m still experimenting with these with only partial success. Check back for updates.
Sketchy streaming sites: If you Google “live tv streams” you will find these. And they will drive you nuts wtih a dizzying array of pop-ups, and links that are sometimes hard to close. As I write this on Sunday morning this link from stream2video.tv seems to have a reasonably good feed from some ABC channel.
- Get an antenna.
- Organize an Oscar’s party with friends that have cable.
- Sports Bars They might be able to spare you a set on a slow sports night.
In any case ABC needs to stop screwing around with this half ass streaming and just make it online for all. If free streaming works for NBC and the Super Bowl, why should it not work for ABC and TV’s Number 2 event?