blog Regular readers of Delimiter will be aware that we’ve long had a beef with the ABC over the public broadcaster’s lack of an iView app for the popular (some would say dominant) Android platform. Well, the ABC looks set to finally rectify that issue, making several announcements relating to Android and the iView more platform generally. The excellent TV Tonight blog tells us (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“We’re relaunching iview in December with a great new interface, and a long-awaited Android application as well,” [the ABC’s director of television] said.
Only time will tell whether the app will be initially limited to end users using certain handsets. Similarly publicly funded broadcaster SBS launched a highly anticipated Android version of its on-demand Internet TV viewing platform in August his year, but limited the launch to those Australians with Samsung devices, in a move stimulated by a co-development effort with the Korean manufacturer. It is as of yet unclear whether the ABC is also pursuing a co-development effort or whether it is going it alone with the Android app.
My opinion on this issue has been clear for a long time. As I wrote when device manufacturer Huawei complained about the lack of an ABC Android app in August:
“I understand that the issue with iView on Android is that the ABC is seeking to redevelop its iView platform in HTML5, which will make it much easier for it to deploy across all mobile platforms and do simultaneous upgrades. However, I think it’s clear that the broadcaster has significantly underestimated how much effort that will take, and that it should have just taken a quick punt on a basic Android app quite a while ago, given the popularity of the mobile operating system. Failing to have an app on the now-dominant mobile platform is not a good look for our national broadcaster, and I like that Huawei, as a device manufacturer, is calling the ABC on this one. It’s time.”
It would also be nice if we could get iView in HD …
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