For the first time,
Sunday night's red carpet preshow, the entire 86th Annual Academy Awards program and "
Consumers will need to activate the "Watch ABC" digital application and verify that they have a subscription to one of a handful of services, including
But the live streaming service will be available only to subscribers of a pay-TV service that has recently entered into a new distribution deal with ABC and its parent company
Disney's newer distribution deals, including a two-year-old agreement with
However, such rights were not included in older deals.
Customers of three of the nation's four largest pay-TV providers --
In addition to Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, the streaming service will be available to customers of
Those markets are: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.
Charter and Cox serve regions of Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Another reason why the service is not more widely available is because Disney has not completed digital deals with its affiliate station groups, with the exception of Hearst Television.
However, Hearst has not launched the service in its markets, including Boston, Pittsburgh and