Channel 4's 4oD to allow free mobile downloads

The broadcaster is expanding their On Demand service to let viewers download telly and watch while offline

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Channel 4 are expanding their 4oD viewing service to allow users to download content to their smartphones or tablets.

The broadcaster's on-demand website and app already offers a huge range of classic Channel 4 series and a chance to catch-up on recent content. But now users will also be able to download and store Channel 4 shows, like this weekend's new period drama The Mill, on both Apple and Android phones and tablets to watch anywhere without having to be connected to the internet.

Programmes will be available for 30 days after broadcast and once viewers have downloaded the content they will have seven days to finish watching the show.

Channel 4's Director of Commercial and Business Development Sarah Rose 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."

The service will still be free – all viewers need to do is register with Channel 4.

The BBC's free iPlayer app already allows iPhone and iPad users to download and keep catch-up content for up to 30 days but does not currently cater for Android devices.

Sky's catch-up service Sky Go also allows customers to download TV and film to handheld devices but costs subscribers extra on top of their monthly subscription fee.