C4 to put archived shows online

Channel 4 is set to become the first UK broadcaster to make all its archived programming available on its website free of charge.

From July, viewers will be able to watch shows such as Father Ted, Ali G and Brass Eye, without having to buy a DVD box set.

Around 10,000 programmes and more than 4,000 hours of the broadcaster’s archived content will be available on the 4oD on-demand internet service.

Channel4.com was relaunched on April 1 this year with the 4oD catch-up service. In the first month, the broadcaster claims it saw a 111% increase in viewing compared to the previous month, with shows such as The Inbetweeners, Hollyoaks and Come Dine With Me performing strongly.

Other well known programmes that will be available on the catch-up service include Queer As Folk, Trigger Happy TV and Drop The Dead Donkey. However, US programmes such as Friends will not be included due to rights issues. Channel 4 News will also be excluded.

The archived content will be available to PC, Mac and Linux users on a free, streamed basis.

Jon Gisby, Channel 4 director of future media and technology, says: “We were the first broadcaster to launch a comprehensive video-on-demand service in 2006 and since that time 4oD has become one of the UK’s most popular VOD brands.

“The addition of archived content to 4oD on channel4.com means we will be the only UK broadcaster to have all of our content available online.”

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