Q. I’ve heard the great news that All My Children and One Live to Live are coming back, but I’m confused about how I can watch them. Can I watch them on my TV? Do I have to pay to watch them? When will the shows be on? I heard I only can watch them on my computer, which sounds annoying, but then someone else said I can watch them on TV. Please help, I’m excited to watch my shows again but I’m afraid I won’t be able to figure how to watch them!
A. I’m happy to help. I’ve been getting these questions a lot from soap fans. It’s very exciting news that two favorite soaps will be coming back. On April 29, you, I and other soap fans will be rejoicing at the rebirth of All My Children and One Life to Live. These shows formerly aired on network television before they were cancelled by ABC in 2011. When these shows went off the air, only the most devoted fans believed that they would ever be visiting Pine Valley or Llanview ever again, but soon our dreams will come true.
You’re right, watching these shows can seem confusing because it’s not as easy as just turning on the TV to tune into your shows. Watching All My Children and One Life to Live requires some tech knowledge, unless you live in Canada. But soap fans are traditionally more tech savvy than your average TV fan. In the olden days of VCR’s, soap fans were the first ones to figure out how to get rid of the flashing 12:00 and set the schedule to record their favorite shows.
When to Watch All My Children and One Life to Live
The shows will be airing in 1/2 hour segments weekdays and will be available for viewing beginning at 12:00 pm ET for All My Children and 12:30 pm ET for One Life to Live. Monday through Thursday new episodes will be released with a recap show airing on Fridays.
How to Watch All My Children and One Life to Live
If you’re reading this article, and I’m thinking you are, you have enough tech knowledge to watch your soaps. If you live in the US, you have three different ways to watch your shows: Hulu, Hulu Plus, and iTunes. If you live in Canada, you can watch the shows on FX Canada. If you live outside the US, you can watch the shows using iTunes if you have a US iTunes account.
Here is a detailed explanation of the different ways to watch these shows, along with a chart below comparing the pros and cons of each.
Hulu – Free
All My Children and One Life to Live are available for free from Hulu. You can watch shows for free on your computer using Hulu, you just need to sign up for an account at the Hulu website.
Shows will be available for seven days after they air. No need to set your DVR or worry about anyone deleting the show. They’ll be available for you to watch for a week, so long as you’re connected to the Internet.
You may not want to watch your shows on your computer, but hey, it’s better than not watching them at all, which was your only choice until the relaunch of these shows. Give it a go. Watching your show on your computer might not be nearly as annoying as you anticipate.
Hulu Plus gives you many more viewing options, though you’ll have to buy a subscription to the service.
Where You Can Watch Using Hulu Plus
You can watch shows from Hulu Plus on your TV, computer, phone, iPad, or other tablet.
What You’ll Need
— A Hulu Plus subscription. You can get a free two-week trial subscription to Hulu Plus by visiting the Hulu Plus website (note that if you click on that link, I get an extra week free too. If you want just a one-week trial subscription, click here.)
— An Internet connection for your TV. You’ll need to have either a set-top box, such as an Apple TV or Roku, a DVD player with Hulu Plus or an Internet-ready TV. A complete list of Hulu Plus enabled devices can be found at the Hulu Plus website.
— The Hulu Plus app. The Hulu Plus app is available free for:
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store
- Android devices at Google Play
- Kindle Fire and Android devices at the Amazon Appstore
- Microsoft Surface at the Windows Store
In addition to watching your soaps, you can watch thousands of other TV shows and movies with Hulu Plus.
You can find my full review of Hulu Plus here: Hulu Plus – For True TV Fans.
You’ll be able either to subscribe to the shows or buy individual episodes from iTunes. Pricing is $0.99 per episode and $9.99 for a multi-pass, which buys you the most recent episode and the next 19 new episodes of the series.
Where You Can Watch Using iTunes
- A computer via iTunes
- An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using the Videos app that comes pre-installed on your device
- On your TV using an Apple TV
What You’ll Need
— A US iTunes account, which is free to get at the iTunes website.
— An Apple TV, if you want to watch the shows on your TV.
Note that you should be able to download and watch these shows outside the US so long as you have a US iTunes account.
To purchase the shows at iTunes when they become available and to check out some fun pre-season videos available on iTunes now, check out:
Can’t decide how to watch your shows? Here’s a handy chart to help you decide:
Connecting Your Computer to Your TV
If you want to watch these shows on your TV but don’t have an Internet-ready TV, DVD player or set top box such as Roku or AppleTV, you have another option: you can try to connect your computer directly to the TV. Here’s an article from LifeHacker explaining how to do that: How to Connect Your Computer to Your TV.
Note that this isn’t a simple process so don’t try this without either some tech knowledge or at least a sense of adventure.
Here are videos to take you back to Pine Valley…
While watching All My Children and One Life to Live isn’t as easy as turning on your TV to the right channel at the right time (unless, of course, you’re in Canada), you have plenty of options to enjoy your shows once again!
Are you excited about the rebirth of All My Children and One Life to Live? Do you think the future of entertainment programming will be on the Internet or TV? How will you be watching these shows? Are you thinking of moving to Canada? Let us know in the Comments section below!