ABC has released an ABC ME app for iPhone and Android smartphones today.
It had previously released a tablet app for iPad and Android.
The free app highlights over 56 hours of Australian content.
Rebecca Heap, Head of Programming & Digital, ABC TV, says “ABC ME is off to a very strong start and we’re thrilled with how audiences have responded to it. We’re proud to champion Australian content, as well as the best international programming, and are pleased to be rolling out ABC ME for smartphones so families can enjoy their favourite ABC programs over the summer, wherever they may be.”
ABC ME summer line-up highlights include:
Little Lunch – The Nightmare Before Graduation, 6:00pm on Friday 23rd December, available on the app following TX, joining Little Lunch (series 1) and Little Lunch: The Halloween Horror Story, available on the app from 5th Dec. Mrs Gonsha’s class is graduating from grade six and everyone is excited about going to high school, but when they uncover the explosive news that Rory is unable to graduate with them, no one is eager to leave school any more.
Let’s Go – Northern Territory, Tuesdays at 6:20pm from 6th Dec, available on the app from 5th Dec
Join Grace Koh in Australia’s Northern Territory, where she will walk, eat, jump, splash and meet with the locals who call this place home. Follow her as she meets a croc, tries bush tucker and explores our nation’s beautiful Top End.
Create – ten special new Christmas episodes, available on the app from 5th Dec
Want to know how to get creative for Christmas? Just ask ME! Create presents special festive themed fun arts and craft ideas that audiences can try at home.
Cartoon It Up – six new episodes available on the app from 5th Dec
Enjoy all new episodes of Cartoon It Up in which Josiah Brooks, a.k.a Jazza, teaches audiences to draw cartoons, delivering fun how-to style tutorials.
Audiences can continue to enjoy brand new episodes of Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising every Friday, and can catch up on Nowhere Boys series 1 and 2, as well as the movie, Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows. Other Aussie favourites available on ABC ME include Ready for This (series 1); You’re Skitting Me (series 2 and 3); Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong; and Tomorrow When the War Began (series 1).
Since ABC ME’s launch in September, the app has achieved over 180,000 downloads and consistently a top-ranking app in the iTunes Charts. ABC ME recorded over 10 million program plays on iview during October – the highest month on record for ABC ME (formerly ABC3).
As well as bringing ABC ME audiences an abundance of new programs, throughout the month of January our younger viewers can enjoy an extra half hour of ABC KIDS, with Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and Little Lunch (series 1) playing on weekdays from 7:00pm.
ABC KIDS/ABC KIDS iview summer content highlights include:
Stick Man – Christmas special, 23rd December at 5:00pm, available on ABC KIDS iview
A half-hour animated film based on the much-loved children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Stick Man tells the tale of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas.
Giggle and Hoot – Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! 23rd, 24th & 25th of December, available on ABC KIDS iview
The Land of Giggle and Hoot is getting super Christmassy with three days of Christmas cheer. Hoot-o-Claws is on his way to join Hoot for a very special Christmas Night Watch. Legend has it that Hoot-o-Claws can’t deliver all the presents in the Land of Giggle and Hoot until everyone is tucked up in bed.
Kazoops! – brand new episodes from 9th January, available on ABC KIDS iview
Join Monty Kazoop, a spirited boy of six, with a vivid imagination, and his loyal pet pig Jimmy Jones in all new episodes of Kazoops!