Has Your University Made iView Free?

iViewPauseBack in October, academic Internet provider AARNet added itself to the list of providers who don't meter access to the ABC's iView service, but whether that actually made the service freely accessible depended on each university's policy. Has your uni come to the party?

Lifehacker was reminded of this issue when reader Matthew M wrote in to say the University of Queensland has begun rolling out quota-free services to all staff and students, including iView along with a bunch of other handy content (the most notable Microsoft, which would help with all the endless patching).

So we're wondering: are students next year all going to be consuming bandwidth watching The Colbert Report on ABC2, or are some campuses dragging their feet? Tell us what's happening at your university in the comments.


    My uni is RIDICULOUS when it comes to internet charges, we are being bent over...

    Ill have to test this when uni is back on (March) but we will see. I highly doubt it!

    Whoa whoa whoa. The Colbert Report on ABC2? When? How? And also, why not the Daily Show too?

    My Uni streams about 20 tv channels (All of the Australian digital stations) and a few overseas one.

    We can watch it whenever we want through VLC Player.

    But I don't think my uni has ABC iView unmetered. MSN is however.

    My uni (CSU) charges for all aarnet "on net" and "off net" traffic, even though the uni isn't charged per GB by aarnet for on net traffic. aarnet simply charges the uni's about $5 per GB last time i heard a rumour.

    as a result iView attracts a charge, like all other aarnet on net traffic such as the http mirrors.

      Just be thankful that they've lowered the price!

      When I started there in 2005, and up until 2007, they were charging us 20c/MB! Thankfully that got dropped to 2c/MB, but that still means $20 for 1GB of data.

      Compare that with the recent post about $2/GB mobile data with telstra (http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2009/12/get-next-g-data-credit-on-a-2-sim), and you can see why I circumvented the system by setting up a script on my website to email large files to my uni account which is unmetered.

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