Australia’s national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (more affectionately known as the ABC, or Auntie) has finally brought its much-loved iView service to the Android platform. What you’re seeing above is a screenshot of iView running on a Nexus 7. Finally, it’s here!
Using iView, for those who aren’t familiar, allows users to catch up on ABC TV in an ad-free, free to use form. Many (if not most) of ABC’s programs are added to iView shortly after broadcast and remain available for up to 14 days. You can catch up on news, sport, drama, current affairs, and even political commentary (if that’s your thing), and now you can do it with the convenience of your (selected) Android devices.
Features include instant and unlimited access to favourite ABC TV programs, live streaming of ABC News 24, adaptive video quality to adjust to available bandwidth and network conditions, a watchlist which allows you to keep tabs on your favourite series’, and various discovery, sharing and parental control options.
Sadly, iView isn’t available for everyone. ABC advises that because this is the first release of the application, it will only run on limited devices, as set out below:
- Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 & S4
- Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 2
- LG Nexus 4
- Google Nexus 5
- HTC One
- Sony Xperia Z
Beyond these phones, you can also experience iView on the following tablets:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab (7.7)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) & (10.1)
- Samsung Galaxy Note (8.0) & (10.1)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0), (8.0) & (10.1)
- Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013)
- Nexus 10
- Sony Xperia Tablet Z
If you have one of these devices, and you’re in Australia, you can check out the iView application today. Due to rights issues, ABC content isn’t available through iView outside Australia. There are certain occasions where ABC does make its News 24 broadcast available outside Australia though.
Update: It seems people haven’t wasted time grabbing the APK from a supported device and making it available on the web. If you’re unsupported and want to give iView a try, you can grab the APK here (Mega). We’ve tested it and confirmed it works, but your mileage may vary.