Doctor Who fans in Australia will be able to see Matt Smith’s latest adventures “immediately” after they air in the UK.
In a bid to combat piracy of the hit series, broadcaster ABC is to make each episode available via it’s iview streaming and catch-up service.
The season opener Asylum of the Daleks will be available from Sunday September 2 from 5.10am EST.
The episode will then air on ABC1 the following Saturday September 8 at 7.30pm EST and be repeated on ABC2 from Tuesday September 11 at 9.30pm EST.
ABC1 Controller Brendan Dahill said, “For Doctor Who fans, it is a fantastic opportunity to see new episodes within hours of them premiering in the UK – each episode will be available on iview on Sundays.”
“ABC’s iview is the most watched catch-up service in Australia with 48% of online Australians aged 16+ having accessed iview,” said Dahill.
“The new iview app for iphones and iPod Touch, launched on June 26, has seen a phenomenal 434,000 downloads recorded to date – with 210,000 downloads recorded in its first week.”