ABC iview is a video on demand and Catch up TV service run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The service became available on 24 July 2008. This was the next step after the podcasting of programmes since July 2006. Currently, this site is only viewable to users in Australia. The site streams video in 650kbit/s H.264 format. The iview website uses the RTMP protocol, and is thus officially accessible mainly on platforms supported by Adobe Flash, however the iPad, iPhone and internet connected TVs such as Sony and Samsung provide access through the use of native applications.
In November and December 2008 the iview player was updated to allow for unmetering by several Australian ISPs through a peering arrangement with Hostworks. The ISPs included Internode, iPrimus,Westnet, Apex Internet and Adam Internet. iiNet was able to offer iview unmetered without the peering upgrade. In addition, AARNet, Cinenet, and Comcen/SPIN since offer unmetered access to iview. The ABC News 24 live stream and content not streamed using Adobe Flash (i.e. through the iPad and Internet connected TVs) is currently not unmetered, however this may change in the future. Some shows may premiere on iview before they feature on broadcast television, such as Rake.
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. However, some individuals have been able to reverse-engineer the method that the Flash application uses to request videos from the media streaming servers to allow programs such as rtmpdump or flvstreamer to download the videos for offline playing or watch them in another RTMP-supporting client (such as XBMC).
In 2012 the ABC sent a legal notice to the author of an open source program called Python-iView which enabled users to download videos from the ABC.