ABC iview

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ABC iview
ABC iView Logo.gif
Developer(s) Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Initial release 24 July 2008
Stable release 376
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, Linux, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Sony Bravia and Samsung TVs
Platform Adobe Flash or Native Applications
Available in English
Type Catch up / Internet Television
License Proprietary
Website ABC iview

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.[1] This was the next step after the podcasting of programmes since July 2006. Currently iview can only be viewed by users in Australia.[1] The iview website streams video at 650kbit/s in the H.264 format, and uses the RTMP protocol, which makes it accessible to web browsers installed with Adobe Flash. Iview is also available through native apps for iOS and Android smartphones, tablets, and HDMI devices, as well as on some brands of internet-connected TVs. These use an HTTP stream to deliver video to the client.[2]

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,[3] iPrimus,[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Some shows may premiere on iview before they feature on broadcast television, such as Rake.[7]

Third-party access[edit]

Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players[edit]

  • Sony Bravia TVs and Blu-ray players offer an Internet Video Service which includes iview.[8]
  • Samsung TV and Blu-ray devices with the internet@TV/SMARTtv can install an iview app as of June 2011.[9]
  • Panasonic Viera TVs provide an ABC iView app.[10]

Android devices[edit]

  • An iview Android app was long delayed, blamed on the variations within the Android ecosystem and varying support for HLS.[11] However one supporting Android 4.0.3 and above was released on 18 December 2013.[12]
  • Android devices with a web browser that supports Adobe Flash 11.7 or above can view iview directly via the iview website.[13]

iOS devices[edit]

  • The ABC iview for iPad App was launched in December 2010.[14]
  • The ABC iview for iPhone App was launched in June 2012.[15]

Games consoles and other devices[edit]

Offline viewing[edit]

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[19] to allow programs such as rtmpdump or flvstreamer to download the videos for offline playing[20] or watch them in another RTMP-supporting client (such as XBMC).[21]

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.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Television Revolution Has Begun!" (Press release). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2008-07-24. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Get your ABC iview content with unofficial client – aview". Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Internode offers unmetered peering into ABC iview" (Press release). Internode. 2008-12-10. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  4. ^ "iPRIMUS offers high quality ABC iview unmetered to all customers" (Press release). iPrimus. 2008-12-11. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  5. ^ "iview unmetered on Selected ISPs". Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  6. ^ ABC iview FAQs
  7. ^ "Rake preview on iview". Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  8. ^ Sony strengthens its IPTV offering in Australia
  9. ^ ABC message board discussion: Samsung internet@TV widget.
  10. ^ http://panasonic.net/avc/viera/global/connect_apps/detail/73
  11. ^ "Why There Won't Be An Android ABC iview App". Allure Media. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "ABC launches iview app for Android". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "iView Frequently Asked Questions". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  14. ^ ABC iview for iPad
  15. ^ ABC iview for iPad,
  16. ^ ABC iview on PS3
  17. ^ Boxee Box now supports playback of ABC iView captions
  18. ^ http://bbs.himedia.com.au/index.php?topic=401
  19. ^ Andy Botting's blog post on using ABC iview with XBMC
  20. ^ GUI Applications for downloading iview videos at Wikia
  21. ^ http://code.google.com/p/xbmc-boxee-iview/
  22. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2012-08-07). "Python-iView". Jeremy Visser. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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