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ABC iview goes global for international audiences

The ABC has launched the free international streaming service ABC Australia iview, opening up more of its outstanding content to audiences around the world.

The ABC Australia iview app, for iOS and Android devices, connects the national public broadcaster’s global community with distinctive Australian stories, content and conversations from across the ABC, including entertainment, factual content, arts and educational programs.

The free new app is the latest addition to ABC iview, Australia’s leading free-to-air video streaming service. ABC Australia iview delivers curated Australian content to audiences overseas and is available for download on all App Stores and Google Play fronts outside Australia.

For the first time, ABC News Channel can be streamed internationally via an ABC app, delivering Australia’s most trusted news and current affairs content to audiences everywhere, including Q&A, Four Corners, Insiders, Media Watch, Foreign Correspondent and The Drum .

ABC Australia iview features flagship ABC programs, such as Australian Story, BTN and Gardening Australia. The new service also features programs showcasing regional Australia, including the much-loved Back Roads, along with documentary, lifestyle and entertainment content such as Waltzing the Dragon and triple j’s One Night Stand .

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose said: “International broadcasting is one of the ABC’s bedrock Charter responsibilities. This service will open up a variety of outstanding Australian content to audiences around the world, as well as to the more than 1 million Australian expats who live, work or are travelling overseas.

“ABC Australia iview is an example of how, with determination and drive, we can deliver great value for international audiences, Australian taxpayers and the national interest.”

The new ABC Australia iview app will operate alongside the ABC’s other international services.

The free ABC Australia iview app can be downloaded outside Australia only through Google Play https://ab.co/2q6T0YI and the App Store ‎ABC Australia iview on the App Store .

About ABC Australia

ABC Australia is the ABC’s international facing brand. It delivers Australian stories and conversations to audiences around the world online, on mobile, via social media, through broadcasting on ABC Australia (TV) and ABC Radio Australia and through international development initiatives.

ABC Australia (TV) delivers a mix of programs including news and current affairs, sport, comedies, drama, documentaries, education and award-winning children’s programs. The service also covers big events from Australia including the AFL Grand Final, elections and the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

ABC Australia is available in 40 territories across the Indo-Pacific region. ABC Radio Australia broadcasts a range of bespoke and relevant RN and Local Radio content across the Pacific and in Timor-Leste. It can be streamed online and is available as audio on-demand via the web and ABC listen. This December marks 80 years since Australia started broadcasting to international audiences.

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Tried to download this and it isn’t available on AppleTV which makes zero sense to me seeing as the “Australian / regular” iView app has been on ATV for awhile. They are basically the same service so I don’t understand why they wouldn’t make it available to actually watch on a TV.

ABC iview home delivers additional 200 hours of Australian content

With Australians unable to stray far from home, ABC iview is taking them on a trip across the nation with more than 200 additional hours of on-demand content exploring the people and places of this wide brown land.

From our city streets and suburbs to the byways and bush, the ABC is home delivering Australian dramas, comedies, documentaries, crime yarns and children’s shows to keep audiences company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABC iview’s supercharged Australian collection features Stateless and new series of Mystery Road and Top of the Lake, plus contemporary classics such as The Secret River, The Slap, Cleverman, The Beautiful Lie and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Josie Mason-Campbell, ABC Acting Head of Programming, said ABC iview’s additional Australian content supported homegrown creativity. “As the nation’s leading creative voice, the ABC has boosted its support for Australian stories by securing the streaming rights to more local dramas, comedies, documentaries and children’s content, adding to our current collection of programs.

“With Australians stuck close to home, the ABC is showcasing the sights and sounds of this extraordinary country with more than 200 additional hours of new shows and classic content. It’s Australia’s biggest home delivery for the mind and soul, feeding audiences’ need to laugh, learn, cry and be entertained.”

ABC iview’s new Australia-all-over collection is accompanied by outstanding new dramas from here and overseas, such as High Fidelity, Les Miserables, The Capture and the latest season of Killing Eve.

Highlights of ABC iview’s supercharged Australian collection include Cliffy, Mabo, It’s A Date, Luke Warm Sex, The Moodys, The Ex-PM, The Librarians, Janet King, Sporting Nation, The Time of our Lives, Blue Murder and The Agony Of series, alongside children’s programs Mustangs, Prisoner Zero, Ready For This and My Place.

The ABC has also launched the $5 million Fresh Start development fund to support Australian producers and safeguard local content and creativity. ABC iview also features Australian performances across theatre, opera, ballet and classical music.

That Pacific Sports Show launches on ABC Australia and ABC iview

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A new 30-minute television sports show celebrating the achievements of Pacific Island athletes across the world launches on ABC Australia and ABC iview on Wednesday 25 November.

That Pacific Sports Show is a 30-minute sports panel and magazine program produced for Pacific audiences, hosted by NSW State of Origin and Olympic 7’s rugby union player, Tiana Penitani, who is of Tongan heritage. Tiana is joined by Dene Halatau, former NZ International and NRL legend. The show will examine the big sporting issues of the week and talk to the sporting world’s most iconic Pacific personalities.

Regular guests will include Tongan-Australian former Wallaby Tatafu Polota-Nau, Fijian-Australian Olympic gold medallist Ellia Green and comedy duo Roq and Cav, who host Radio Australia’s Pacific sports radio show Can You Be More Pacific.

Pacific Island athletes are rightly known around the world for their skill, speed and physicality. In Australia Pacific Island athletes famously dominate rugby league and rugby union competitions. That Pacific Sports Show will share the stories, meet the athletes and explore the issues affecting the region through the lens of sport.

The Manager of ABC Sport, Nick Morris said ABC Sport was excited to be launching a new program with a unique Pacific perspective on the sports. “Our neighbours across the Pacific are a huge part of Australian sporting identity, and the opportunity to share their successes and personalities on our TV screens each week is very exciting,” he said.

Acting Head of ABC International Strategy, Claire Gorman said: “ABC Australia reaches TV audiences across the Asia Pacific region and we are delighted to offer a show that talks directly to our neighbours across the Pacific in our shared language of sport. We hope That Pacific Sports Show contributes to the ongoing conversations between Australia and our neighbours and fosters mutual understanding about the people and cultures of our shared Pacific region.”

That Pacific Sports Show is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through PacificAus Sports. PacificAus Sports is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Step-up and Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy, and aims to build sustainable, elite sport pathways between Australia and the Pacific.

That Pacific Sports Show premieres on ABC Australia and iview on Wednesday 25 November at 6 pm PNG time, 7 pm in Solomon Islands, 8 pm in Fiji and 9 pm in Samoa. A second episode will air on Wednesday 2 December and then return in 2021 for a full season.

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It would be good if maybe the ABC gave this to NITV so it got a free-to-air spot in Australia, I think.

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That Pacific Sports Show returns 1 June 2022.

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