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ABC iView Launches Rebuilt Smart TV App


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The ABC has launched a fully rebuilt and redesigned ABC iview app for modern TVs and large screen devices.

The updated app provides a cleaner and more accessible interface, with login to bring rich personalisation features and program previews to help audiences find the latest releases of their favourite ABC content and discover new and original programming.

Alongside multiple platform improvements, the updated app has adaptive video streaming. This means higher quality streams are more reliable over slower network connections, resulting in a better, more consistent viewing experience and offering audiences across Australia access to the ABC iview app via a variety of ways – whenever and however they want, and wherever they are.

The updated app is available on:
♦ Samsung Tizen (2016 and later)
♦ Hisense (2017 and later)
♦ LG WebOS (1.0 and above)

It will soon be coming to HbbTV/FreeviewPlus devices, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In addition, 2020 Hisense Smart TV devices will now include a dedicated ABC iview remote control button, providing a fast and easy one-touch journey to the iview app.

Other key improvements include:
♦ High-definition streaming for selected programs
♦ Simplified program screens that make it easier to browse series and episodes as the ABC makes full programs available
♦ A handy navigation shortcut to ABC Kids for favourite children’s programs such as Bluey
♦ Access to all ABC TV live streams – ABC TV (including local state-based streams), ABC COMEDY, ABC Kids, ABC NEWS and ABC ME

What’s more, audiences can now link their TV to their ABC Account and have these features synchronised across multiple devices, including Smart TV, connected TV, desktops, smartphone and tablet devices.

ABC’s Chief Digital & Information Officer Helen Clifton said: “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, watch lists 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.

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

Coming up, audiences can expect to see an improved search experience and personalised recommendations powered by ABC’s internally developed recommendations engine.

This update of the app brings ABC iview on Smart TVs in line with a fully updated experience on Android TVs and Apple TVs launched in 2019.