The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has today launched the ABC iView app for iPhone, with caption functionality included.
The app will allow iPhone users to watch programs and movies aired on the ABC network through WiFi and 3G connections. ABC iView is the ABC's television show streaming service that allows people to watch programs online after they have been broadcast. The ABC iView app allows people to access this service through different mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The release of the app for iPhone will increase the accessibility of the ABC's streaming service through the inclusion of the captions for Deaf or hearing impaired users as well as its compatibility with the iPhone's inbuilt screen reader VoiceOver for blind or vision impaired users. Early testing of the ABC iView app on the iPhone 4S shows the app is compatible with the VoiceOver screen reader, as it has been in the iPad version of the app.
The app has also been updated with some improvements including:
- Access through 3G or WiFi (the previous version of the app only allowed streaming of programs through a WiFi connection)
- Support for AirPlay through AppleTV
- Parental control functionality
The ABC iView app is free to download on iTunes. The ABC is yet to release the iView app for Android.
Access iQ™ is an initiative of Media Access Australia, Australia's only independent not-for-profit organisation who advocates for equal access to media and technology for users of all abilities. The original article, Captions included on ABC iView app is republished with their permission.