Channel 4 launch free catch-up app for iPad
iPad owners can feel even more smug than usual from today – that’s because they can now wander around with their so-called ‘tablet’ while watching slightly musty episodes of Come Dine With Me and Hollyoaks on it.
It’s all thanks to Channel 4’s new 4OD app, which launched for the iPad today, providing a seven-day catch-up of the shows from Channel 4, E4 and More 4. Although 4OD exists as a separate entity on YouTube, its shows haven’t been available on mobile devices, although a 4OD channel was launched on the PS3 last year (mind you, all PS3s are good for at the moment is stealing all your money).
We’ve fired up the office iPad and had a quick bash on the new 4OD app and the whole thing runs like a crappier, smaller-scale version of the BBC’s iPlayer, with less to choose from over a shorter archive period and big horrible minute-long adverts to sit through before you get to the goods. In these days of instant gratification, an unwanted 60-second advert can often seem more like a fortnight in Belmarsh prison. But the official Bitterwallet verdict is… it’s better than a kick in the gob.
And it’s free.
EDIT: Turns out you can watch 4OD on smartphones through YouTube, according to the comment below from Laurz. But this story isn't about a fucking smartphone. Still, eh?