The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been the target of flack recently as its beloved iView TV catch-up system has been missing on Android, appearing only on iOS and websites, as well as consoles. But hey, good things come to those who wait.
This week, the ABC’s iView app, which has long been on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, has made an appearance on Android phones and tablets, with ABC releasing the app on Google’s Play store for select devices.
The app is considered one of the better catch-up TV solutions Australia has, and makes it possible for viewers to catch up with ABC programs up to two weeks since when they first aired, with streaming available over either WiFi or mobile data.
Programs are divided into categories such as drama or news and current affairs, and iView even makes it possible to catch up with the day’s happenings, thanks to a live stream of ABC News 24.
At the present time, the supported device list includes some of the more popular handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, and S4, as well as the Note and Note 2, Google’s Nexus 4, Sony’s Xperia Z, and the HTC One, while the tablet side of things will be handled by quite a few Galaxy Tab and Note devices, Sony’s Tablet Z, and both of Google’s Nexus devices, the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets.
In fact, we tested the iView app on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, and it worked perfectly, adding another device to the list that work, while Lenovo’s Yoga tablet wouldn’t even let us install the app.
If you’re at all curious if you have a device that is supported, check out the store listing for ABC’s iView on Google Play and see if it’s possible to install the app, which is available now, and which should be rolled out to more devices in the near future.