iView for high speed broadband subscribers
The ABC’S latest iView website technology allows broadband internet subscriber to watch a number of TV programs live over the internet from anywhere e in Australia. iView allows users to watch their favourite TV programs from the ABC online, whenever they want. This is a great service if you miss your favourite show or simply want to watch a program when it is convenient for you.
ABC’s iView is basically a free internet broadcasting service offering broadband subscribers full-screen video which is streamed at a high resolution. All you need to do is go online, find the program you want to watch and press play. The program with then be streamed live to your PC or laptop. There are currently five channels and as well as an ABC shop preview channel to chose from and broadband subscribers can access programs from any of these channels.
Programs are loaded onto the ABC website once they have aired on broadcast television, usually by the next day. Programs will then generally remain on the website for 30 days.
You will need a high speed broadband internet subscription to make the most of iView’s programming as dial up speeds are too slow to watch online video without interruption. The ABC recommends a high speed broadband connection with speeds above 1000kbps to use the iView service. The live video streams at a speed of 650kbps so your internet connection will need a consistent speed above 650kbps. Because Mobile broadband connection speeds can vary if you are moving around, iView programming is best viewed on an dedicated high speed ADSL, ADSL2+, Naked DSL or Cable broadband connection. You can test your internet connection speed using Compare Broadband’s Speed Test to make sure you will be able to watch programming online.
The programs available on the iView site are of much higher quality that other video sites such as YouTube, and this high quality is the reason users will need a high speed internet connection to watch online.
One added advantage for iiNet, iPrimus and Internode broadband subscribers is the iView website is free, meaning the download usage required to watch programs online is not counted toward your monthly download quota. iiNet, iPrimus and Internode broadband subscribers can watch as many iView programs as they want without worrying about using up their monthly download limit.
If you are with another Australian broadband provider, streaming videos online will use some of your monthly download usage. You will need to keep track of your usage to make sure you are not exceeding your monthly download quota. Before you view a program on iView the file size and duration of the video are available. An average 30 minute program will use around 150MB of your download quota.
If you want to take advantage of the growing number of online video services, why not upgrade your broadband subscription to a higher monthly download quota. You can search ADSL, ADSL2+, Naked DSL, Cable and Mobile Broadband from Australian broadband providers right here on Compare Broadband to fight the best pan for your individual needs.
You can view the ABC’s new iView service here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/iview/requirements.htm#iviewisps