ABC O&O’s debut free weather app


ABCThe ABC Owned Television Stations Digital Group has rolled out a new weather app for its eight stations. Customized to each market, the app has special features for each station: WABC-TV, New York (AccuTrack WABC NY AccuWeather); KABC-TV, Los Angeles (MEGADOPPLER – ABC7 LA Weather); WLS-TV, Chicago (ABC7 Chicago Weather); WPVI-TV, Philadelphia (6abc StormTracker); KGO-TV, San Francisco (ABC7 Weather: SF/Bay Area), KTRK-TV, Houston (ABC13 Houston Weather), WTVD-TV, Raleigh-Durham (ABC11 First Alert Doppler XP) and KFSN-TV, Fresno (ABC30 StormWarn). The app is available free for both iOS and Android (2.3.3 and up) devices on the App Store and in Google Play.

The app features more than the usual weather notifications, offering voice alerts warning users of severe weather. This innovative app also has a “follow me anywhere” setting that allows the viewer to get the latest radar and weather information wherever they travel.  It also allows users to select three static locations for free, displays temperature, animated radar and weather alerts, and very simple one-step social sharing.

“The Weather App continues our tradition of using technology to help our millions of viewers, who depend on ABC’s top-rated stations for critical information,” said Carla Carpenter, SVP/Digital Media, ABC Owned Television Stations Group.  “Not only does this app alert users to inclement weather wherever they are, but it allows users to get the latest information, alerts and a live look at the weather their friends and family are facing across the country.  And when our stations are broadcasting news or severe weather information, app users can see it live on their smartphones.”

The app adds to Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media’s ABC Player App which makes free, ad supported full episodes of ABC’s daytime and primetime programming available to viewers the day after it airs; the ABC OTV station alarm clock apps; the ABC News App for iPad; the official Oscars App; the Radio Disney app and the recently launched ABC Family Player app, which also delivers free, ad supported full episodes.