How iview Is Costing The ABC A Fortune

The ABC’s iview service is by far the best catch-up TV service in the country. Success comes at a price, however: the service is so popular that it is costing the ABC millions of dollars each year for content delivery networks (CDNs).

TV Tonight reports on remarks which ABC director of television Richard Finlayson made on the ABC’s PM radio program:

We have to pay every time a video is initiated. We have to use a content distribution network and that’s in the millions of dollars a year at the moment for the ABC. Every dollar that we spend on that is a dollar we can’t spend on content going onto the screen.

Prices for CDNs have fallen heavily in recent years, but at this scale it’s still an expensive business. Any suggestions for how the ABC might reduce that cost? Share them in the comments.

iview costs hitting ABC Hard [TV Tonight]

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