The ABC has confirmed it will provide live streaming for all of its TV channels in 2016.
The public broadcaster will launch the online version of its main channel in December, with ABC2 and ABC3 to commence online streaming in the first half of 2016. ABC News 24 has been available via live streaming since the channel launched in 2010
A spokesperson for the ABC confirmed to DeciderTV that live streaming services will be incorporated into the ABC iview website and mobile device users will be able to access the live channels via the iview mobile app.
At launch, the ABC will only provide the Sydney version of its channels online, allowing viewers in different time zones to view content at the same time as DST viewers. The streaming announcement comes after yesterdays confirmation the ABC will provide a HD version of its main channel in 2016.
The announcement comes after the Seven Network launched live streaming of its 3 broadcast channels earlier this month, Nine has signalled its intention to provide streaming for all of its channels in 2016. Ten has publicly stated it does not believe there is a big enough audience to justify the investment in live streaming; Ten’s new CEO Paul Anderson last night describing live streaming as a “shiny new toy”.
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