ABC launches free iView online TV service

ABC iView (called Playback during its beta period) has now been opened up to all Australian Internet users, offering access to a fair chunk of the national broadcaster’s output on full-screen streaming video across six channels. Unlike the Windows-only ABC Shop Download, the site is accessible on any browser supporting Flash (so Windows, Mac and Linux users all have options). There’s plenty to keep you entertained: a rough calculation suggests there’s already about 80 hours of programming on the service, the news channel will be updated on a daily basis, and the ABC has promised additional channels in the future. iView is free to access (via an Australian connection; the service is blocked overseas). As with all streaming media, you’ll need to keep an eye on your download cap if you use the service extensively — unless you’re with iiNet, which is excluding iView from its quota.

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