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Channel 4 Adds Archive Content to 4oD


Channel 4 Adds Archive Content to 4oD

If you thought Channel 4 putting 4oD online as well as offering a download client was neat, then you're going to love this. As of July, Channel 4's entire (well, almost) archived programme catalogue will be available via the catch-up service, free of charge - about 4,000 hours of some 10,000 programmes.

That beats the BBC's proposed plans to do the same by, well, we can't be sure as the BBC has no firm date planned for sorting out its archive, so for now score one to Channel 4.

A few programmes won't be available online, thanks to rights and/or legal issues; notably Friends (boo hoo) in addition to other US programmes and Channel 4 News. It's a significant step and while it will be interesting to see how Channel 4 monetises the large archive of content it will be putting online, other than adorning it with advertising as it does already.

From a consumer perspective, however, it matter not a damn whether Channel 4 makes a lot, or no, money from making its archived content available. All I care about is the prospect of catching up on Peep Show over my lunch breaks.


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June 9, 2009, 7:06 pm

Does this mean they're moving from WMV to Flash video? If so, am disappointed.

Geoff Richards

June 9, 2009, 7:31 pm

Yay - Teachers! :)


June 9, 2009, 9:08 pm

@drdark I would guess that the download programs will still be WMV, and the in browser ones FLV, exactly the same as iplayer.

Tony Walker

June 9, 2009, 9:08 pm

Hope one of their early self-made films (can't remember if they called them FilmFour or not then) called Preying Mantis is included. Cherie Lunghi and Jonathan Pryce were excellent. Wish they'd dust it off and release it on DVD.


June 9, 2009, 10:55 pm

I hope they release a Mac 4oD client so I can watch their back catalogue on my Mac. At the moment I think it's just 30 day catchup that's in flash. And I also hope they put their old FilmFour stuff up too. Can't wait for July - Monkey Island gets re-released and now this.


June 10, 2009, 12:10 am

great news. 4od was already great.


just stick on win7 rc1. free and awesome.


June 10, 2009, 2:00 am

Whilst its great to have the back catalogue available, if I read the press release correctly it seems that this is the end downloads. The only way to download will be to rent or buy through iTunes. Real shame as I primarily watch off-line on my train commute. Looks like its a BBC only diet for me now.


June 10, 2009, 5:01 am

@ravmania - actually from reading the TR news item again, and having received an e-mail from 4oD today saying:

"From around the end of June you'll also be able to watch all our archive programmes on channel4.com. Which means all your favourites will be in one place and available for free."

It seems, all their back archive will be free online, hopefully in flash, which as ShaunB points out, and the e-mail I got mentions, means the end of their 4oD offline service.


June 10, 2009, 5:46 am

You get lunch breaks !

Rob Chapman

June 10, 2009, 2:18 pm



June 10, 2009, 2:43 pm

Good call, Rob. Too long since I've watched Spaced.

Also, strikes me it is very important how Channel 4 makes its money because if it fails to make any the service will be stopped.


June 14, 2009, 12:00 am

Good news, although for me the end of 4OD downloads is unfortunate - during peak hours my connection is terrible for streaming video, and it would be far more convenient to have the option of downloading.

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