Watch ABC Apple TV channel update brings full episode viewing for all users

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In an update to its Watch ABC app for Apple TV, ABC is allowing access to full-length episodes one week after they air, even to users who do not log in with TV provider credentials.

The television network announced the change through its website on Thursday, notifying users that all Apple TV owners are now able to watch recently aired full episodes without logging in. Prior to today's update, viewers would need to provide a cable TV or other appropriate login to watch full streaming content.

In addition to serving up shows like Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Modern Family, black-ish, Once Upon A Time and Castle, the Watch ABC app for Apple TV received a UI makeover that places new content front and center, includes more short form video and introduces a continuous play mode, the company said.

Subscribers of participating TV services who choose to log in are granted access to next-day episode streaming, while viewers living in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco have access to a 24-hour live feed. Certain providers also accommodate on demand features.