Portable video viewing is a big selling point for the iPad, but it's currently no good for watching the ABC's iView service, since it doesn't support the Flash format used by the broadcaster. Fortunately for iPad owners awaiting their deliveries, an official iPad app for iView is in the offing.
On the ABC's iView discussion board, an ABC moderator confirms that an iPad iview application is being developed:
The plan isn't to port iView to HTML5, however we are looking to release an iPad native app version of iView instead.
It's a pity the ABC hasn't chosen to go the HTML5 route, since that would open up the service to a potentially much wider range of devices. That said, it's still welcome news for iPad soon-to-be-owners (though clearly an application you'd use over Wi-Fi, no matter how good our local plans seem).
Incidentally, the same post also indicates that an iPhone/iPod Touch client is also being worked on but is proving more challenging, since those devices don't have the same video compression options.