ABC is not going down the subscription VOD route, at least for now: The Alphabet network is relaunching its video-streaming service with seven original digital short-form series, including shows starring Ty Burrell
and Iliza Shlesinger
, plus full seasons of 38 older shows — all available on the free, ad-supported service.
The network is launching the new digital shorts under the “ABCd” banner, an initiative that got under way last year as previously reported by Variety. Those, along with the “throwback” series, which include “Betrayal,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Felicity,” “My So-Called Life
,” “School House Rock
,” “Sports Night” and “Ugly Betty
,” will be available to all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC apps for mobile and connected TV devices without signing in. Other broadcasters, by contrast, have introduced Netflix-style pay services, like NBCUniversal’s Seeso and CBS All Access
(while The CW’s CW Seed is also a free, ad-supported service with original series and library content).
“Our team has completely