ABC iview is a video on demand and catch-up TV service run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Currently iview video content can only be viewed by users in Australia. As of 2016, ABC iview attracts around 50 million plays monthly and accounts for around half of the total time streamed by Australian TV video services.
Type of site
|Headquarters||Brisbane, Queensland, |
|Owner||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Launched||28 July 2008|
After running for several months in beta form under the name "ABC Playback", the service became available as a Flash website in July 2008. This was the next step after the video podcasting of ABC TV programs since July 2006.
The iview Flash website was redesigned in 2009 and 2010, to cater for a large increase in content.
An iOS app for iPads was launched in December 2010, followed by a mobile version for iPhone in June 2012. An iview Android app supporting phones and tablets on Android 4.0.3 and above was released on 18 December 2013.
Over the following years, iview was released to a range of Smart TVs, games consoles and other devices.
Content and programming Edit
ABC iview provides on-demand access to almost all the TV programs that are broadcast on the ABC's linear broadcast channels (ABC TV, ABC TV Plus, ABC Me, ABC Kids, ABC News), as well as simulcast live streams of those channels and original content and programs acquired exclusively for ABC iview.
Programs are categorised by these genres:
- News and current affairs
- Panel and discussion
- Regional Australia
In September 2015, the ABC added a dedicated Arts channel to iview.
Live streams Edit
- In late 2010, a live stream of ABC News 24 was made available on the iview website, and then subsequently on iOS and Android apps.
- On 1 December 2015, a simulcast live stream of the main ABC TV channel was added to the iview website, iOS and Android apps.
- On 18 July 2016, the ABC added simulcast live streams for all the remaining broadcast channels (ABC2/ABC Kids, ABC3).
- On 1 May 2018, the ABC added state-based streams (VIC, QLD, TAS, NT, NSW, WA, SA, ACT) of ABC main channel.
Devices and access Edit
Mobile devices Edit
- Apple iPad (from 2010)
- Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (from 2012)
- Android phones and tablets on Android v5.0 and above (from 2019)
Smart TVs Edit
- Sony Bravia
- Samsung Smart TVs ("Orsay") (from 2011) and Samsung Tizen OS (from 2015)
- Panasonic Viera Cast (from 2011)
- LG Netcast (from 2011) & WebOS (from 2014)
- FreeviewPlus certified (HbbTV) devices (from 2014)
- Hisense Smart TVs (from February 2020)
Video game consoles Edit
- Microsoft Xbox 360 (2011-2018)
- Microsoft Xbox One (from 2015)
- Microsoft Xbox Series X/S (from 2020)
- Sony PlayStation 3 (from 2008)
- Sony PlayStation 4 (from 2015)
- Sony PlayStation 5 (from 2020)
Media streamers Edit
- Foxtel IQ (from 2019)
- Apple TV 4th generation and later (from March 2016)
- Telstra TV (from December 2015)
- Fetch TV (from 2013)
- Chromecast devices
Offline viewing Edit
Unlike the ABC's podcasts, programs on the iview service are not officially downloadable and are only available to watch for a short time after the program has aired on the ABC.
In 2012 the ABC sent a legal notice to the author of an open source program called Python-iView which enabled users to download videos from the ABC. Other download tools such as youtube-dl continue to claim support for unofficially downloading from the site.
In late 2008 the iview website video player was updated to allow for unmetering (zero-rating) by several Australian ISPs through network peering arrangements. The ISPs included Internode, iPrimus, Westnet, Apex Internet and Adam Internet. iiNet was able to offer iview unmetered without the peering upgrade. In addition, AARNet, Cinenet, and Comcen since offer unmetered access to iview. ABC TV live streams and content not streamed using Adobe Flash (i.e. through the iPad and Internet connected TVs) is currently not unmetered, however this may change in the future.
In October 2016, Optus added ABC iview to their zero-rating offer for Optus mobile customers.
See also Edit
- "The Television Revolution Has Begun!" (Press release). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 24 July 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
- "The ABC's iview is now on Apple TV". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
- "ABC launches iview app for Android". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "ABC invests in ABC Arts channel". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 August 2016.[permanent dead link]
- "Rake preview on iview". Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
- "Prepare yourselves, Class is coming to ABC2 and iview". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "ABC now live streaming". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016.[dead link]
- "ABC iview now live streaming all channels, plus more exclusive content". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 1 January 2022. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
- iview, ABC (1 May 2018). "01 May 2018: State-Based Live Streams - ABC iview Support". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 14 March 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- "What is the video quality or resolution of ABC iView?". Archived from the original on 1 May 2022. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- "ABC updates digital TV: iview has changed, what's new?". Archived from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- "Where to get iview". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 21 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
- "How to use Chromecaset with ABC iview". Archived from the original on 12 August 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- "Python-iView" (PDF). Jeremy Visser. 7 August 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "youtube-dl Supported sites". Archived from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- "Internode offers unmetered peering into ABC iview" (Press release). Internode. 10 December 2008. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- "iPRIMUS offers high quality ABC iview unmetered to all customers" (Press release). iPrimus. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- "iview unmetered on Selected ISPs". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
- "ABC iview FAQs". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
- "Optus adds ABC iview and Stan to Mobile TV streaming". Optus Media Centre. 31 October 2016. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2016.