Wednesday, 19 August 2020 17:16

ABC updates iview for smart TVs

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The ABC has updated its iview app for certain smart TVs, bringing them into line with the Android TV and Apple TV versions.

The new iview app is for Samsung Tizen (2016 and later), Hisense (2017 and later) and LG WebOS (1.0 and above) TVs.

Improvements include support for adaptive streaming (giving better and more consistent video), HD streaming of certain programs, simplified navigation, and access to all ABC TV live streams.

There is also provision for linking the TV to the viewer's ABC account to allow synchronisation across multiple devices.

The new app will be made available for HbbTV/FreeviewPlus devices, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the near future.

Planned improvements to iview include an improved search facility as well as personalised recommendations powered by ABC's internally developed engine.

"This is a fantastic piece of teamwork. We're continuing to strengthen the foundations for ABC iview and enhance our audience's experience. Out of this work has come a raft of exciting new functionality such as adaptive streaming, watchlists and login on any device so users can watch ABC content from where they left off – all made available to a large proportion of our ABC iview audience," said ABC chief digital and information officer Helen Clifton.

"It means another innovative step forward for the ABC and makes our outstanding and distinctive content even more accessible to audiences."


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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