Tune In and Turn On … Online

August 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Digital Space

The line between information, entertainment, broadcast and internet is continuing to blur all the time. You may have started watching video clips from YouTube on your PC or downloading digital music to your computer and iPod via iTunes.

Last week the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) blurred the line even further by announcing iView. Through iView the ABC have expanded past their ABC1 and ABC2 channels that are broadcast through more the traditional TV medium, and are now offering six new web-based channels that you watch via your PC. So now it makes sense to have that 24″ wide screen computer monitor :-)

In the past you’ve been able to watch TV channels on your computer by having a TV tuner card installed in the PC. Now you don’t need the TV tuner card and instead of plugging it into a traditional TV aerial you just plug into your broadband connection.

iView is an online streaming platform that provides full-screen viewing, as opposed to the small window that previous video streaming platforms have provided.

The free service includes a channel featuring the ABC’s flagship news and current affairs programs as well as a childrens channel and “catch-up” service, which shows a range of programs currently screening on ABC1 and ABC2. Other channels include a a documentary channel, ABC shop and an arts channel.

iView works best if you have –

  • Pentium 4 PC or PowerMac
  • Free Adobe Flash Plugin 9.0124.0
  • Fast Broadband, ADSL2

You will need to make sure that you have a broadband plan with a large download limit as watching the high quality video that you get on iView could chew up most of your download limit after just a couple of hours (unless you use iiNet as your ISP – they have negotiated with the ABC so that iView is unmetered content).

Even if you’re not Australian you can catch up on some great Australian TV/Internet programming.

I’m going to spend some time over the weekend and watch Double Happiness: The Marriage of Commerce and Culture. If you get a chance to have a look at iView drop me a note and let me know how you found it.


2 Responses to “Tune In and Turn On … Online”
  1. Thanks, Leah. Things are moving so fast in the tech world, there’s no way I could keep up without you.

  2. Marjorie says:

    Ditto Angela, thanks Leah!