The free service, first introduced to critical acclaim in 2008, is now available via web browsers, internet-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, media centres and Apple’s iPads and iPhones – the latter via both Wi-Fi and 3G.
Viewers using the 3G option will have to make sure they have enough of a data allowance to allow for the streaming service.
“ABC iview was one of the important first steps in the evolution of ABC TV’s content offering,” ABC TV Director Kim Dalton said today. “It provides choice in terms of what people watch, when they watch it and on what device. Today we are taking it another step forward.”
The ABC says the new app features iview’s complete catch-up TV lineup, including post-broadcast programs from ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and ABC4Kids, the ABC News 24 live stream and ABC iview ‘exclusives’.
“In addition to all of the popular features in the previous version of the ABC iview iPad app, such as AirPlay support, parental control and support for closed captioning, the highly anticipated app includes adaptive streaming – video quality that adapts to a user’s available bandwidth and network conditions, resulting in a better, more consistent viewing experience,” the broadcaster said in a statement.
Other features include the ability to start a program on one iOS device and continue watching from the same point on another iOS device, Watchlist syncing via iCloud and the ability to share programs via social networks.
ABC TV Controller of Multiplatform Arul Baskaran said the public broadcaster was “committed to making our content easily accessible on multiple platforms, and by extending ABC iview to iPhone, with watching over Wi-Fi and 3G, we’re reaching millions of Australians on millions of mobile devices”.