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Hey Lifehacker, I'm wondering if there is a simple way to get my IP re-routed to be recognised as an Australian address? I'm going to be travelling through Europe for several months for business and am hoping not to miss out on ABC iView! My current VPN doesn't have any servers for Australia, and Hola Unblocker doesn't seem to be much help either. Any ideas?


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.


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).


More people now watch the ABC's iView service via iOS apps than via the iView web site. That provides a counter-argument to people who claim we don't need or use specialised apps for individual services when a web site will do, but it also reminds us that no online provider can put all their eggs in one basket.


Microsoft promised that ABC iView would appear on the recently-updated Xbox Live sometime in December, and that day has come: the catch-up service has rolled out for Australian users today. Given the dire state of most network TV over Christmas, it's a very welcome update for Xbox owners.


Not sure exactly how long this has been the case for, but Lifehacker reader Tim wrote in to say that content from the ABC's justly popular and well-regarded iView service became accessible over the weekend via the equally popular and well-regarded Boxee media centre.