SBS On Demand comes to Apple TV while ABC iView hits Xbox One

Alex Kidman 16 December 2015


Free-to-air streaming catchup services continue to spread wider, with the two government broadcasters each hitting a new platform today.

The ABC has announced that it now has a client application for Microsoft’s Xbox One console, available to download from Microsoft today. It’s been a busy week for the iView app team, with the streaming service also launching on Telstra’s Telstra TV set top box just yesterday.

Not to be outdone, the team behind SBS’ On Demand App has released its first application for Apple’s fourth generation Apple TV set top box, bringing access to the SBS On Demand to Apple’s newest set top box. SBS is the first free-to-air broadcaster to deliver a specifically written app for the Apple TV, but we'd expect others to follow in the near future.

Previously you could access SBS On Demand on Apple TV, but only by using Airplay from a secondary iOS device. The fourth generation Apple TV does offer access to channel ten’s Tenplay service, but only via an app written for the previous generation of Apple TV devices.

Check out our full review of the latest Apple TV for more details on how the device works. It was announced back in September.

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2 Responses to SBS On Demand comes to Apple TV while ABC iView hits Xbox One

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    Matthew | January 25, 2016

    Is the abc iView app the only one of the FTA networks that can be used with google chromecast? Can the SBS on demand app be used with chromecast, or is this something unavailable so far along with the other network ios apps?

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      Brodie | February 4, 2016

      Hi Matthew,

      Unfortunately, the ABC iView app is the only FTA app compatible with Chromecast. However, you may have some luck if you cast SBS On Demand from a web browser to your television.


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