Sky Adds Channel 4′s 4oD to Create the UK’s Most Complete Catch-Up TV Service
LONDON, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
From Monday, Sky customers will be able to access the most complete catch-up TV
service anywhere in the UK following the addition of 4 on demand (4oD) to Sky’s On Demand
The upgrade comes at no charge for the growing number of Sky customers who have
connected their Sky+HD box to broadband [http://www.sky.com/shop/broadband-talk ] and can
download catch-up content at a push of a button. New figures show that the surge in
connections has continued in the early part of 2013, with the total number of connected
Sky+HD boxes now surpassing two million and continuing to grow rapidly.
With the launch of 4oD, catch-up content from Channel 4′s portfolio of channels -
including Channel 4, E4 and More 4 – will be available alongside hundreds of hours of
great content from Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, the
History Channel, National Geographic and others. Taken together, it means that Sky+ offers
the most complete catch-up TV service in the UK, so customers never need to miss out on
their favourite shows.
At the same time, older shows and series from the Channel 4 archives will also become
available to download from the library section of Sky’s On Demand service, where box-sets
of classic shows and series are available. Channel 4 series available on Sky will include
The Inbetweeners, Shameless, Spaced, Father Ted, The IT Crowd and This Is England’88.
In addition to joining the On Demand [http://www.sky.com/shop/tv/on-demand ] service
on Sky+, Channel 4 is also the first terrestrial network to offer its channels and
programmes on Sky Go, Sky’s award-winning internet and mobile TV service. From Monday Sky
Go users will be able to enjoy Channel 4 and More4 live on their laptop, smartphone, or
tablet, with E4 and Film4 to follow shortly.
In addition, a range of classic Channel 4 shows will be available within the On Demand
section of Sky Go. And for Sky customers who upgrade to Sky Go Extra, those Channel 4
shows can be downloaded to watch offline, so they can enjoy TV on the move even when
they’re not connected to the internet.
And finally, More4 HD joins Sky’s line-up of HD channels, giving Sky’s 4.5 million HD
customers an even greater choice of their favourite TV in HD. Film4 HD will also join the
Sky platform in September, further extending Sky’s market-leading line-up of HD channels.
Luke Bradley-Jones, Sky’s Director of TV Products, comments:
“The way people enjoy TV is changing as customers embrace technology to take control
over their viewing. We know customers have busier lives than ever, which is why we’ve
created the most comprehensive catch-up service in the UK.
“Over 2 million Sky customers have already connected their Sky+ box to the Internet so
they can enjoy our full catch-up and On Demand service. But we are working hard to get
even more Sky homes connected as we know our customers love the control and flexibility it
gives them – it’s a perfect complement to Sky+.
“Offering great TV from Channel 4 on demand on Sky+ and on Sky Go at no extra charge
is all part of our continued commitment to offer our customers the best combination of
content and innovation.”
Sarah Rose, Channel 4′s Director of Commercial & Business Development, adds:
“The launch of our successful VOD service, 4oD, on the Sky on demand and Sky Go
platforms this month will extend the reach of our content to enable even more viewers to
enjoy our wide range of programmes. And through the recent arrival of More4 HD and much
anticipated launch of Film4 HD in September, we’re delighted to complete the roll out of
our HD portfolio.”
Notes to editors
The addition of Channel 4 content on the platform means that Sky customers can now
choose from a total of up to 45 channels on Sky Go, with the Channel 4 channels joining
on-demand content from all of Sky’s wholly-owned channels and live and on-demand TV from a
selection of other leading broadcasters including Disney, ESPN, Turner, Nickelodeon and
British Eurosport. The content available live or on demand on Sky Go runs in line with a
customer’s Sky TV subscription.
To enjoy On Demand, including Catch Up TV, Sky customers simply need to activate their
On Demand service and connect their Sky+HD box to their broadband router. Once a Channel 4
programme is downloaded onto the Sky+HD box, it will be available to view in line with the
amount of time it is available on 4oD.