Time to throw away your TV antenna. Every single one of the ABC's channels can now be streamed live through the national broadcaster's iView website or through the iView apps for iOS and Android.
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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.
We thought the ABC was doing OK by promising to broadcast Series 7 of Doctor Who within a week of its UK broadcast, but the national broadcaster has just announced an even better plan: it will make the show viewable on iView within an hour of its UK showing, and a week ahead of its first TV broadcast in Australia.
After several delays, the official iPhone app for the ABC's excellent iview catch-up TV service was released earlier this week. Unfortunately for Android owners, it's going to be a while before there will be an equivalent Android app.
We've been waiting a very long time, but it's finally here: the ABC has released an iPhone version of its iView app, letting you catch up with your favourite shows on the go.
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.
From an Australian perspective, the most pertinent feature of the recent Xbox dashboard update was the promised addition of local media channels direct to the device. Two of those options have gone live today, with SBS On Demand and ninemsn video being added, along with YouTube. But what about ABC iView?
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.