The new Google Chromecast device is shown on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in San Francisco.

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By Christina Warren2014-08-27 05:00:59 UTC

Just in time for the fall TV season, ABC has updated its Watch ABC app to support casting via Chromecast and AirPlay to Apple TV.

The new update is available for both iOS and Android.

Launched in 2013, Watch ABC is the network’s TV Everywhere platform that allows users to watch live and on-demand ABC content from the web, smartphones, tablets and devices such as Apple TV.

Although live content is only available in select markets — and requires a sign-in with a participating cable provider — it’s still notable because it enables users to watch network TV over the Internet.

The newest update adds official AirPlay support; this means users can send content to Apple TV without having to mirror the screen. Although this feature may seem redundant (Apple TV has its own Watch ABC app), it can come in handy, especially for users who are watching content on devices such as the iPhone or iPad.

We also successfully tested Watch ABC’s AirPlay feature with a Mac that acts as an Apple TV (using the fantastic Reflector app for OS X), and it worked perfectly.

Chromecast support is available for both iOS and Android, and lets users send their content directly to Google’s low-cost dongle.

Although some of the on-demand content does not require an authenticated login to access, most content (and all live-streaming content) will require users to subscribe to cable or satellite TV service. Sorry, cord cutters.

The Watch ABC update is available now.

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