In further news on the saga of #OurABCToo – WPDU can now confirm an interesting new development, with the ABC making about the only play they could in response to our recent coverage of their handling of unofficial iView Apps for Android and Windows Phone platforms. As readers will know, on the same day an unofficial #WP8AU 3rd Party App made it’s way into the Windows Phone store, the ABC initiated action to ensure this App was removed from the MS store within hours of being made aware of it.
Now, WPDU can confirm that an official take-down request was initiated on July 21 to Google, over the unofficial 3rd Party Australian App “aview”. Unlike the same day reaction by Microsoft in withdrawing the iviewftw WP App – as at time of writing we can confirm that aview is still available in the AU Google Play store, almost a month after the ABC filed their (C) infringement action.
Only a few months ago, ABC Australia – yes the ABC we have been holding to account over their continued lack of Windows Phone support – released a new Tablet-only News and Current Affairs + Light entertainment App; The Brief. Initially launching in May 2014 on iPad – it made it’s way onto select Android tablet devices in July. Last month we confirmed that ABC Australia was working on it’s first Windows App (excluding Xbox) – with a planned release for Windows 8.1 touch devices.
It would seem that #ourABC embraces it’s audience equally – unless you are a Windows Phone user in this country. Not just content to have us as second class citizens, the ABC has made an exclusion zone of Australia for any Windows Phone official access of ABC TV and Radio content. This means that an ever increasing amount of Aussie smartphone owners are locked out of accessing the ABC’s licensed content – in direct conflict with the ABC’s own charter.
And as we will go on to show our readers, this week they would appear to have not only demonstrated their inconsistency in how they view and approach the major smartphone platforms, but also by their actions have left the ABC open to questions of bias, discrimination and even competence around their iView and Innovation department management of Windows Phone.
If you missed Part 1 – you should check it out. It has some important background to this week’s latest events in the unfolding saga of the ABC, iView and Windows Phone.