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Australian broadcaster SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) has finally released a native Android app for its SBS On Demand catch-up TV service to Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The new version (v1.2 for those of you counting) has also been submitted to Samsung Apps.

The app features the usual catch-up TV elements (series notifications, recommendations, sharing and playlist controls) and includes phone and tablet UIs in the same install. Users who log in with an SBS On Demand account can also share their playlists across desktop and mobile devices.

The service offers SBS’ locally produced news and current affairs shows like Dateline, Insight, and SBS World News alongside imported entertainment shows like Vikings, South Park, The Walking Dead, Mythbusters and Mad Men. The network also has a large amount of food and film content available on the service, and as the exclusive Australian broadcaster of the FIFA World Cup we can expect to see each of the matches appear on the service come June.

The app’s design that mostly follows Android’s Holo design guidelines and feels at-home on the platform.

While the dual UI aspect means there’s no need for a tablet-specific version of the app, the slide-out player can sometimes leave a little to be desired in terms of usage of screen space, especially on small tablets.

SBS On Demand was first released for Samsung phones and tablets in October of last year. At the time the app was only made available on the Samsung App Store, though the APK could happily be sideloaded on other devices. Either way, it’s good to see it finally available for everyone.

While anyone can install the app, SBS has a list of officially supported devices:

  • Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10
  • HTC One Mini
  • Sony Xperia Z, Z Ultra, Z1 and Tablet Z
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer (precise model hasn’t been specified)

With the initial launch of SBS On Demand to the Samsung App Store last year, the app is understandably already compatible with a broad range of Samsung devices.

The SBS On Demand App is now available to download in Google Play, head over and download it to check it out.

Source(s): Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and Samsung Apps
  • V-Man

    I wish it would have chromecast support

    • whispy_snippet

      In time I’m sure it will.

  • whispy_snippet

    I had the previous version of the SBS app side loaded on my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. It ran fine until I recently moved from Dalvik to ART. Suddenly the app would crash during load up every time (and due to the notable performance increase of ART I was resigned to not being able to use the SBS app anymore). However, this latest update has actually fixed the crash issue on ART. Happy times!