Channel 4 has updated its iOS and Android apps letting viewers download programmes to watch offline as well as on the go.
Viewers will be able to download and catch up on Channel 4 shows from the last 30 days as normal. Once downloaded, you’ve got seven days to watch a show before it automatically expires. Due to their size, programmes need to be downloaded over WiFi.
In order to download shows, you’ll need to be registered with 4oD. Registration is free and if you’ve not already signed up online, you can do it through 4oD apps.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to 4oD on smart TV, mobiles and tabletsSarah Rose, director of commercial and business development said: “We’re thrilled to unveil our eagerly-awaited free download service on 4oD, giving our viewers even more flexibility to watch our programmes wherever they are, and helping them organise their TV viewing around their busy lives.”
Note that only programmes with the arrow tray symbol can be downloaded for offline viewing. Right now, not every Channel 4 show is available to download. Great if you wanted to watch 24 Hours in A&E, but tough luck if you were getting a train down to Salisbury this weekend for a mate’s stag do and fancied watching The Returned on the way.
You can download shows while in the UK and watch them offline abroad, but unless you’re connected to a wireless hotspot based in Britian you won’t be able to download any more shows until you get back.
4oD works on iOS devices running iOS 5 and above and has been optimised for iPhone 5. 4oD for Android requires 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above and has been optimised for the following devices:
- Google Nexus S
- Google Nexus 4
- Google Nexus 7
- Google Nexus 10
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1