Android 4od

 

It’s more than just a watch later service like the BBC iPlayer, with a broad range of archive TV shows, films and music from the Channel 4 family, and curated Collections aimed at bringing together similar programming.

Features of 4oD include ‘resume playback’ so anything watched previously will start from where it was last viewed, and My4oD via a web browser lets you download to watch and create playlists of favourite shows.

Everything on 4oD is free, but most of it is advertising-funded, with ads before, during and after shows, just as they would be on TV.

Android 4od

In a world where the iPlayer, YouView, connected TV and Sky are racing ahead, what is going on a Channel 4? Its on-demand TV service, 4oD, has yet to complete the line-up on Sky, and the broadcaster has only just bothered to release its app for Android phones. Of the 357 reviews so far on Google Play, 158 award it just one star.

This is for the simple reason that the app doesn’t allow downloading of programmes to watch if you don’t have a data connection, and it’s only set up to use WiFi. This puts it some way behind Sky Go and the iPlayer, so it's not as if such features are beyond the wit of developers.

Which is not to say that Channel 4 shouldn’t have bothered with 4oD – it’s a welcome addition to a TV world dominated by larger players. It offers a 30 day catch-up window, and it does offer a more than decent selection. But it’s the wifi-only restriction than irks particularly: most people use wifi at home, where they have a TV, or at work where they probably can’t watch much TV. Without the possibility of downloading, it renders the app largely useless.

It’s more than just a watch later service like the BBC iPlayer, with a broad range of archive TV shows, films and music from the Channel 4 family, and curated Collections aimed at bringing together similar programming.

Features of 4oD include ‘resume playback’ so anything watched previously will start from where it was last viewed, and My4oD via a web browser lets you download to watch and create playlists of favourite shows.

Everything on 4oD is free, but most of it is advertising-funded, with ads before, during and after shows, just as they would be on TV.

Watching live TV on your smartphone or tablet is easy: all you need to do is download and install an app. BBC iPlayer and Sky Go are two such apps that support live streaming of certain content, while TVCatchup is an old favourite of ours that offers around ?50 free-to-air channels. There are several alternative apps you can use to catch up on programmes, too.

Here we show you the best services for streaming live television content to your mobile device, and explain how to get that content back on to the big screen if required. We also examine some of the pitfalls of streaming live video, discuss some of the hidden costs and explain whether you need a TV Licence.

To get started streaming live television to your phone or tablet, simply visit the Google Play store or Apple’s App Store. Search for and download TVCatchup (free).