ABC iview

ABC iview is a video on demand and catch-up TV services run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation . Currently viewing video content can only be viewed by users in Australia. [1] Now iview attracts around 50 million plays monthly and accounts for around half of the total time streamed by Australian TV video services. [2]

Content and programming

ABC iview Provides on-demand access to Almost all the TV programs That are broadcast are ABC TV linear broadcast channels (ABC, ABC2 , ABC me , ABC Kids , ABC News 24 ), as well as simulcast live streams Of Those channels and original happy And programs acquired exclusively for ABC iview.

Programs are categorized by these genres:

  • Arts and culture
  • Comedy
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Education
  • Lifestyle
  • News and current affairs
  • Panel and discussion
  • Sport

In September 2015, the ABC added a dedicated Arts channel to iview. [3]

Some shows premiere on Rake and the BBC ‘ s Class . [4] [5]


After running for Several months in beta form under the name “ABC Playback”, the department est devenu available as a Flash website is 24 July 2008. [1] Reviews This was the next step after-the video podcast of ABC TV programs since July 2006.

The iview Flash website was redesigned in 2009 and 2010, to cater for a large increase in content.

An iOS app for iPads was launched in December 2010, followed by a mobile version for iPhone in June 2012. An iview Android app supporting phones and tablets on Android 4.0.3 and above was released on 18 December 2013. [6]

Over the next few years, Smart TVs, games consoles and other devices.

Live streams

  • From 2010, a live stream of ABC News 24 was made available on the iview website, and then subsequently on iOS and Android apps.
  • In December 2015, a simulcast live stream of the ABC TV channel was added to the iview website, iOS and Android apps. [7]
  • In July 2016, the ABC added simulcast live streams for all the remaining broadcast channels (ABC2 / ABC Kids, ABC3). [8]


In late 2008 the video player iview website was updated to allow for unmetering ( zero-rating ) by Several Australian ISP network through peering arrangements. The ISPs included Internode , [9] iPrimus , [10] Westnet , Apex Internet and Adam Internet . IiNet was able to offer iview unmetered without the peering upgrade. In addition, AARNet , Cinenet, and Comcen since offered unmetered access to iview. [11] ABC TV live streams and content not streamed using Adobe Flash (ie through the iPad and Internet connected TVs) is currently not unmetered, HOWEVER May this changes in the future. [12]

In October 2016, Optus added ABC to their zero-rating offer for Optus mobile customers. [13]

Devices and access

ABC iview logo between 2008-2014


The iview website streams video at up to 650kbit / s in the H.264 format, and uses the HDS protocol, qui Makes it available to web browsers installed with Adobe Flash .

Mobile devices

  • Apple iPad (from 2010)
  • Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (from 2012)
  • Android phones and tablets on Android v4.2 and above [6] (from 2013)

Smart TVs

  • Sony Bravia
  • Samsung Smart TVs (“Orsay”) (from 2011) & Samsung Tizen OS (from 2015)
  • Panasonic Viera Cast (from 2011)
  • LG Netcast (from 2011) & WebOS (from 2014)
  • FreeviewPlus certified ( HbbTV ) devices (from 2014)

Video game consoles

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 (from 2011)
  • Microsoft Xbox One (from 2015)
  • Sony PlayStation 3 (from 2008)
  • Sony PlayStation 4 (from 2015)

Media streamers

  • Telstra TV (from Dec 2015)
  • Apple TV 4th generation (from March 2016)
  • Fetch TV (from 2013)

Offline viewing

Unlike the ABC’s podcasts, programs on the iview service are not officially downloadable and are only available to watch for a short time after the program has aired on the ABC. Previously, some Individuals Were ble to reverse-engineer the method que la Flash application uses to request videos from the streaming media servers [14] to allow programs Such As rtmpdump gold flvstreamer to download the videos for offline playing [15]gold watch em in Another RTMP-supporting client (such as XBMC ). [16]

In 2012 the ABC feels a legal notice to the author of an open source program called Expired Python-iView qui enabled users to download videos from the ABC. [17]

See also

  • Internet television in Australia


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “The Television Revolution Has Begun!” (Press release). Australian Broadcasting Corporation . 2008-07-24. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008 . Retrieved 2008-09-21 .
  2. Jump up^ “The ABC is now on Apple TV” . Business Insider . Retrieved 2016-10-13 .
  3. Jump up^ “ABC invests in ABC Arts channel” . . Retrieved 2016-08-24 .
  4. Jump up^ “Rake preview on iview” . Retrieved 2010-11-17 .
  5. Jump up^ “Prepare Yourselves, Class is coming to ABC2 and iview” . Australian Broadcasting Corporation . Retrieved 2016-10-19 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:b “ABC launches iview app for Android” . Australian Broadcasting Corporation . Retrieved 9 April 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ “ABC now live streaming” . . Retrieved 2016-08-24 .
  8. Jump up^ “ABC iview now live streaming all channels, plus more exclusive content” . . Retrieved 2016-08-24 .
  9. Jump up^ “Internode offers unmetered peering into ABC iview” (Press release). Internode . 2008-12-10. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009 . Retrieved 2009-02-19 .
  10. Jump up^ “iPRIMUS offers high quality ABC iview unmetered to all customers” (Press release). IPrimus . 2008-12-11. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009 . Retrieved 2009-02-19 .
  11. Jump up^ “iview unmetered on Selected ISPs” . Retrieved 2009-12-04 .
  12. Jump up^ ABC iview FAQs
  13. Jump up^ “Optus adds ABC iview and Stan to Mobile TV streaming” . Optus Media Center . 2016-10-31 . Retrieved 2016-11-16 .
  14. Jump up^ Andy Botting’s blog post on using ABC iview with XBMC
  15. Jump up^ GUI Applications for downloading iview videos at Wikia
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  17. Jump up^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2012-08-07). “Python-iView” (PDF) . Jeremy Visser . Retrieved 2012-09-22 .

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