Government funds iview live streaming pilot

$30 million in funding for ABC online services

The federal government's 2013-14 budget includes $30 million for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's online services, including its popular iview streaming platform.

The funding is intended to help maintain and expand the ABC's online content services, including a pilot for live streaming of ABC TV and radio.

"The funding will better equip the ABC to provide the mobile and online content that audiences are demanding in ever-increasing numbers," ABC’s managing director Mark Scott said.

The ABC's iview streaming service launched in 2008. The broadcaster launched an app for Apple's iPad in 2010 and for the iPhone in 2012. The ABC said an Android iview app in development in October last year. The iview app is one of the 10 most popular iOS apps in Australia.