Originally created 03/14/03

ABC News introduces online broadband news chanel



NEW YORK -- Aiming to become a regular presence on computer screens, ABC News has introduced ABC News Live, a 24-hour online channel featuring live feeds as well as anchored coverage of events.

The streaming-video service provides programming that includes C-SPAN-like coverage of speeches and briefings, as well as replays of ABC News programs such as "World News Tonight," "Nightline," and "Good Morning America." Archived news footage is available, along with headlines, sports, weather and business updates.

Coverage for special events will include a "virtual control room" which allows the viewer to choose from up to four simultaneous feeds displayed on the screen.

Designed for computer users who have high-speed broadband Internet access, ABC News Live, which began Wednesday, is initially available to subscribers of ABC News On Demand, a service that lets users paying $4.95 a month view taped ABC News clips and programs; and RealNetworks Inc.'s RealOne SuperPass service, which includes ABC News On Demand as part of its video package for $9.95 a month.

ABC, which a few years ago abandoned plans to start a cable news network, has characterized its new "channel" as an initial step toward becoming the first Internet news network.

On the Net:

http://www.abcnews.com