I know there are many parents and Grandparents who rely on some of the ABC iView content to keep the little ones entertained whilst they are eating their broccoli.

Equally, those same adults are then watching their current affairs, dramas, comedies, and sports that the National Broadcaster has become synonymous for.

In 2021, you would have noticed a change in that iView was asking you to create an account and Login which was never asked of you before. The change raised privacy concerns back then but now, these concerns have been diluted with ABC iview  proceeding with Login to Watch via email address but will not require users to provide information that identifies them such as names.

Email addresses may also be pseudonyms.

Viewers will also be able to access Live streams including ABC News, ABC ME, ABC Kids, on iview on the web without logging in.

The advantages of a login, which is already required by other catch-up platforms including SBS on Demand, include:

  • Continue Watching. Pick up your show where you stopped on a different device.
  • Watchlist. Quick access to favourite titles.
  • Viewing History. Check which episodes you last screened.
  • Multiple profiles, designed for large households.
  • Recommendations. Based on your viewing history.

“Introducing Login to Watch means ABC iview can do what the other streaming services and commercial and public broadcasters are already doing and provide the personalised services viewers expect,” ABC said in a statement.

“Eighty per cent of public service broadcasters in the European Broadcasting Union, for example, require some form of login to access their video on demand service, including the BBC.

“In our most recent audience survey 95 per cent of respondents flagged a strong interest for ABC iview to add personalization features that would require a login.

“Failing to keep pace with user expectations could lead to a danger that our Australian stories get lost in the mix, or don’t get told at all.”

ABC originally set its mandatory login in mid 2021. But following concerns around privacy, it has worked with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to ensure greater privacy protections.

Since 10 May 2021, ABC has received 514 complaints or queries about the introduction of ABC Login to Watch.

9Now also requires a login while 7plus and 10Play require a login for catch-up, but not Live viewing.

So for now, you can still watch The Wiggles, albeit with a Login

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Patrick Larobina