ABC series making HD waves online


NEW YORK -- The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney-ABC Television Group said Monday that it will begin making high-definition broadband content available on its Web site starting in the summer.

Beginning as a beta test in July, ABC will show episodes of "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Ugly Betty" on an HD broadband channel on its site. When the new season launches in September, an expanded HD programming lineup will be presented.

"We are providing users with an unprecedented online viewing experience," said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group. "By continuing to listen to our audience and enhancing our digital offerings with the best technology available, we further strengthen our relationship to our brands."

Also in the fall, will begin to showcase national news and local content on its full-episode player. This content will be monetized with local ads and other individualized marketing.

Last month, upgraded its full-episode broadband player offering full-screen viewing and a "mini" option to go along with the original standard-viewing options. The portal currently offers more than a dozen series free to consumers the day after their network premieres.