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ABC's Main TV Channel Is Now On iView

Following its commercial competitors at Seven and Nine, ABC has switched on its online livestream of ABC1. You’ll now be able to watch ABC TV wherever you are, as long as you can access iView on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart TV.

Over the last six months, it’s finally started to feel like free-to-air digital TV has been moving into the 21st century. First FreeviewPlus brought along HbbTV, integrating live broadcasts with streaming catch-up video. Then Nine and Seven went 24/7 live streaming online, and Nine spearheaded the long and arduous transition to the newer, more advanced MPEG-4 compression standard.

You’ll be able to watch ABC’s main channel ABC1 live, round the clock, by heading to iview.abc.net.au on any desktop or laptop PC or Mac, or through the iView app on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet or supertablet. The programs mirror ABC’s schedule in NSW, but plans are afoot to bring ABC2 and other channels to live streaming in 2016. [ABC iView]

ABC’s spiel:

ABC’s primary channel is now available as a live stream on iview, allowing audiences to watch whenever and wherever they like – including on computers, smartphones and tablets. To stream ABC live on iview visit iview.abc.net.au or download the latest version of the iview app from the App Store or Google Play and head to the ABC channel page to ‘Watch Live’. 

For launch, programs shown in the live stream reflect ABC’s Sydney, NSW schedule. Plans are already underway to extend live streaming on iview to other channels next year. Today’s launch gives Australian audiences yet another way to access live ABC TV channels and programs, with ABC News 24, Q&A, and ABC’s coverage of major national events already available to watch live on iview.

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