The ABC’s iView has begun a 3 month trial with Australia’s largest internet exchange, Pipe Networks in Sydney, to enable small to medium ISPs to offer unmetered access of the online platform.
iView is currently offered as unmetered content by Adam Internet, iiNet, Internode, iPrimus and Westnet.
The free online viewing platform is now entering its second year and remains very popular with the ABC audience. In June it averaged 158,000 visits per week, up from 55,000 visits per week in September, with a healthy 38% of users visiting more than once.
Since its launch, ABC has added four new channels including Australia Network Learning, Newstuff (Kid’s Catch-up), Kid’s Faves, and ABC Shop Downloads. Its catch-up service has increased from ten hours of programming a week last August to 33 hours of adult catch-up and 2-3 hours of kid’s catch-up in June.
Most excitingly, it now adds many catch-up shows 2 hours after their EST broadcast, instead of midday the next day.
There are now 300 full episodes of content on iView.