ABC woos gamers with PS4 iView and Good Game Pocket Edition

The ABC is wooing the gamer crowd, with the PS4 adding iView compatibility and a daily 5 minute edition of Good Game heading to iView.
The inclusion of iView on PS4 was, it could be said, something of an inevitability, because the ABC’s been very proactive about getting its streaming service — easily the best of the free to air solutions — on as many devices as possible. The ABC iView app should be available for PS4 owners right now, with a promised update for PS3 owners “coming soon”
Also in the same release, it appears that the Good Game team will be even busier, launching GOOD GAME POCKET EDITION, a daily five minute show featuring news and content guided by “viewer suggestions through social media platforms”. Which could be either very interesting or rather painful, depending on how you view the issues around reading viewer comments. We’ll have to wait and see until February 16 when the new show launches.
The full release is below:

· ABC iview launches on PlayStation®4
From today, PlayStation®4 (PS4™) owners will be able to access Australia’s favourite internet TV service, ABC iview, with the release of iview for PS4™.
The new ABC iview app for PS4 makes it easier than ever to enjoy ABC on demand on TV screens through a cinematic and easily navigable big-screen interface. The latest version of ABC iview will also launch on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) in coming weeks. iview was first to market on gaming consoles locally when it launched on PS3 in 2009.
Rebecca Heap, ABC Head of TV Strategy and Digital Products said, “In 2014 ABC iview was the number one internet TV service in Australia with more than 20 million plays per month and a 29% year on year increase in weekly program plays. We are delighted to be launching ABC iview on PS4 and will continue to be the home of Australian stories for our audience on all their screens with the best user experience.”
Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia said, “PlayStation and ABC iview have enjoyed a long relationship since the service debuted on home consoles with PlayStation 3 as the inaugural platform in 2009. We are thrilled to expand our suite of platforms that offer the extensive stellar range of ABC viewing to our PS4 audience.”
In more good news, on February 16, GOOD GAME the show for gamers by gamers, will launch a daily POCKET EDITION on ABC iview.
Featuring up-to-the-minute gaming news in a five minute program, the GOOD GAME POCKET EDITION will encourage and respond to viewer suggestions through social media platforms.
ABC iview is leading the way in digital first commissions and GOOD GAME POCKET EDITION follows a number of successful digital commissions and iview exclusives in 2014.
The ABC continues to break new ground in connected TV development in Australia, having successfully trialled a BBC-built technology which is simplifying TV app development while increasing the reach of iview.
In addition to PS4, the new-look iview app for big screens is already available on FreeviewPlus certified devices, and is planned for release on Xbox One and other connected TV devices early 2015.
Available anywhere in Australia, ABC iview offers full length catch-up programs from all the ABC’s TV channels, live streaming of ABC News 24, plus programs exclusive to iview. Special programming available on iview now includes the GOOD GAME: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and BINGE ON THE BEST with 14 complete Australian comedy series including Upper Middle Bogan and Frontline, all for free, all summer.

About the author

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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