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Channel 4 catch-up app shuns old Android devices


By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 6 Feb 2013 at 09:39

Channel 4 has unveiled the Android version of its 4oD catch-up TV app, but it doesn't support Amazon's tablets or older devices.

The free app works on Android 4 and above - and has been optimised for use with newer devices such as the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy S III - but doesn't work on Amazon's Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, or on rooted devices, Channel 4 said.

It admitted that will leave some users without the native app - but that doesn't mean they're completely left without Channel 4. "As of January 3 2013 it was estimated that 60% of all Android devices were running operating system 2.1 – 3.2, these users can continue to use the Flash mobile web site," it said.

The app can be used to look for shows over 3G, but content can only be streamed over Wi-Fi. It includes content from Channel 4, E4 and More4, and gives users 30 days to watch a show after it's been aired. Archived content will also be available.

Channel 4 said last year that the 4oD app would be updated in early 2013 to include downloads for offline viewing - a feature recently added to Sky's app for a £5 per month charge - as well as "pause and play", allowing users to stop a show on one device and resume on another, and live television, but those features haven't yet arrived.

The free 4oD app is available now on the Google Play store. The iOS versions were released in 2011, while a Windows 8 app arrived in December.

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User comments

Any word on it being ported to the playbook or BB10?

By JamesD29 on 6 Feb 2013


Doesn't work on Kindle Fire? Or not submitted to the Amazon App Store and therefore not available for Kindle Fire? The Kindle Fire HD (and, I think, the 2012 version of the Fire) run on Android 4.0 I believe.

By KevPartner on 6 Feb 2013

...only be streamed over Wi-Fi

The BBC Iplayer app used to do this. Why can't we grown-up users choose whether to use 3G if we want to? I know some people have very limited download allowances, but let us make the decision about using 3G or not! I wouldn't have thought it makes any difference to the content provider.

By JGray on 6 Feb 2013

I have a Samsung galaxy S3 and the app is not available NOW as this article states.

By Fred678 on 6 Feb 2013


Has the iPlayer app now been replaced with one that works natively, or is it still reliant on AIR? I tried it for about 20 minutes and it was absolutely useless.

Went onto the BBC web site and apparently the every Android user was completely f*cked off with the Beeb and their typical media Apple centricity.

By Phoomeister on 7 Feb 2013

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