ABC is streaming all its channels on iView

Alex Kidman 19 July 2016

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The national broadcaster is now offering all of its channels, including ABC1 and AVBC KIDS, through its popular iView streaming service.

If you’ve got a solid broadband connection with plenty of data quota, your need for a terrestrial aerial is rapidly diminishing. The ABC has long offered its News 24 service and primary ABC channel via iView, and it has now expanded that to include ABC2, ABC3 and ABC KIDS content as well.

Where can I stream iView?

iView for catchup TV is available across a wide variety of platforms, including standard browsers, as well dedicated apps for Android and iOS platforms and selected games consoles and smart TV platforms. However, the ABC notes that for now live streaming is limited to computers, smartphones and tablets, noting that it’s not available for TV platforms due to the availability of broadcast ABC.

There are some other specific limitations to live streaming on ABC iView as well. The ABC doesn’t hold live streaming rights for every program, although it does note that most programs are available on a catch-up basis after broadcast. For now, the broadcast schedule confirms to the Sydney NSW schedule in terms of availability and timing, although the ABC notes that it intends to expand streaming to other state services over time.

The stream may also very slightly lag the broadcast for some programming as it transitions from broadcast to internet.

How much data will streaming iView use?

The ABC notes that the data needs of streaming iView are a little different to its catch-up services, with an hour’s worth of watching using up to 360MB of data. iView doesn’t stream in high definition, which explains the lower data rate

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