The iPad app for the ABC’s much-loved iView catch-up service came out on the iPad a year ago. Now it looks like we’ll be getting an iPhone version of the same app before too long.
Mumbrella reports that ABC boss Mark Scott reported the imminent launch at the Walkleys conference in Brisbane last week:
This summer, when iView comes to the iPhone, so many more people will have a choice of 500 of our programs to watch on the bus.
We wouldn’t actually advise using iView extensively on the bus, since you’ll chew through your data allowance fairly quickly. It’s a welcome development nonetheless.
The same post at Mumbrella also mentions that Foxtel is planning a full free catch-up TV service for subscribers via their existing set-top boxes, which will launch around March next year. That’s an interesting development we’ll keep an eye on as well, but the ABC announcement has us more excited, in large part because it’s a free service.
Foxtel to launch catch-up TV service as ABC boss laments inability of free networks to work together on Aussie Hulu [Mumbrella]