ABC shows heading to iPads

Disney releasing app for hand-held device

ABC's shows will be available on Apple's iPad, with Disney releasing an app that extends the network's video player to the new hand-held device.

The ABC Player app will allow viewers to watch free, ad-supported episodes from 20 ABC shows via a Wi-Fi connection. Users can also purchase episodes via Apple's iTunes store.

"The iPad provides a very compelling consumer experience, and we are pleased to have new forms of original, interactive content on this great device," said Bob Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Co.

The announcement comes on the heels of ABC's "Modern Family" heavily featuring the device in Wednesday's episode. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on the board of directors for the network.