The ABC’s catch-up TV platform iView has just received a major overhaul, including a revamped interface, improved search functionality, an integrated TV guide and a new Watchlist feature that lets you aggregate favourite shows into a single list. The Android, iOS and web version of the app have all received the update.
iView is a catch-up TV service that provides access to the ABC’s previous week of programming, along with thousands of shows from the ABC archives. To coincide with the new update, the ABC is also primping a catalogue of online content created especially for iView, including Fresh Blood and Wastelander Panda.
The new Watchlist feature allows iView users to plan their own schedule by saving favourite programs in one place for quick and easy access. This essentially saves you from searching about for a specific show or episode in your recordings list — instead, different shows are grouped together. To make things extra easier, recommended programs are now grouped according to theme and genre.
In addition, the ABC has also optimised iView’s search functionality so that shows appear in the main search box. There are also dedicated channel homepages for ABC 1, ABC 2, ABC 3 and ABC 4. For those of you with Apple TV, you can now stream iView onto your iPhone or iPad and then beam it to your AirPlay compatible TV or audio device for some big-screen goodness.
Previously only available on iOS and via the web, the app was released on Google Play for Android devices late last year. All versions have received the new update. Hurrah!