ABC iview will be available through Foxtel’s IQ3 and IQ4 set top boxes in November.
The iview app on Foxtel will offer a catch-up service for ABC content including shows such as Gruen, Four Corners, Utopia, Bluey and Play School. It will also include Live streams of the ABC channels. It saves subscribers leaving the platform for catch-up and furthers Foxtel as an all-in-1 destination.
The addition of iview follows a revamped iQ including Netflix and SBS On Demand content. The agreement between the two broadcasters also comes despite some talk ABC was looking to cut costs by dropping ABC access through Foxtel.
Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany said: “We are very pleased to be expanding our relationship with the ABC. It will see us extend the audience reach Foxtel has historically provided the ABC with the availability of both live channels and on demand content with the integration of the iview app into the New Foxtel Experience.
“This will see ABC iview available in more than 1.2 million Australian homes with the iQ3 or iQ4 in November, alongside Netflix and the SBS On Demand app.”
ABC Managing Director David Anderson said: “ABC iview has been at the vanguard of video on demand in Australia since it started 11 years ago and it continues to be the leading free-to-air VOD service.
“It is great that iview will now be available directly through Foxtel, making it easier for subscribers to watch even more fantastic Australian content.