Channel 4 has released its 4oD (4 on Demand) app for the Android platform.
The dedicated app, which is now available on Google Play, offers a compelling alternative to the 4oD Flash mobile website, and features a number of programmes from Channel 4, More4 and E4, both recent – with the last 30 days up for viewing – and also material from the past.
Indeed, the retro programmes span the last three decades and include the likes of Father Ted (ah, go on) and The IT Crowd (no idea what the catchphrase is here – something in binary, perhaps?).
The app works on “most” Android devices, both tablets and smartphones, as long as you’re running Ice Cream Sandwich or better. It’s optimised for Google’s Nexus 4, Nexus S, and Nexus 7 tablet, along with the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC Desire S, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 slate.
Sarah Milton, Head of VOD, Channel 4 said: “[Android] users will now be able to catch up on their favourite Channel 4 shows and enjoy many more classics from the Channel 4 archive via their smartphones and tablets. This development continues our on-going strategy of widening access to 4oD, with particular emphasis on supporting the increasing numbers of users who want to watch our programmes on portable devices.”
Note that to stream video, you’ll need to be hooked up via Wi-Fi – it won’t allow you to do so via 3G, which is probably wise in terms of not obliterating your monthly data allowance. You can still browse around the app and see programmes on 3G, mind, you’re just not able to play them.