It’s been a while coming but Channel 4’s 4oD catch-up service has finally launched on FreeTime from Freesat.
4oD joins the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and YouTube on the next generation digital satellite platform that blends live channels with catch-up content in a manner similar to YouView and Virgin Media TiVo.
Read Recombu Digital's guide to FreesatEmma Scott, Freesat’s managing director said:
“We’re delighted that 4oD is now live on FreeTime, further strengthening our on-demand offering with yet more brilliant programmes. Our viewers can now watch their favourite Channel 4 shows in a variety of ways, giving them more opportunities to watch TV in the way they want to.”
As with 4oD on other platforms, FreeTime viewers will be able to access Channel 4 shows from the last 30 days including The Returned and Fresh Meat.
Access to a well-stocked archive of curated content from the Channel 4 vaults, including Brass Eye, Black Books, Queer As Folk and The IT Crowd, is also available through Freesat.
Sarah Rose, director, commercial and business development, Channel 4 said: “With the launch of our successful video on demand service on FreeTime, we’re pleased to extend the reach of Channel 4 catch up and archive content to Freesat viewers enabling them to stay up-to-date with our latest programmes and delve into a wealth of classic shows from the last 30 years.”
FreeTime from Freesat launched in Autumn 2012. In our review of the Humax HDR-1000S, the first FreeTime box, we praised the service but noted that the on-demand section of the service was lacking, consisting of just BBC iPlayer and ITV Player at launch. Since then, we've seen YouTube arrive on Freetime and the launch of the new Humax HDR-1010S, which lets you stream catch-up content over WiFi.