A moment’s silence for 4oD please, as Channel 4 has announced plans to scrap it. Its successor, All 4, will be a more expansive, user-friendly online entertainment hub. We take a first look…
It looks like its RIP 4oD.
Channel 4 plans to scrap its long-standing catch-up TV service, but panic ye not Hollyoaks fans - it'll be replaced it will a more expansive service called All 4.
Channel 4 says All 4 will "guide viewers through a digital experience structured around three temporal states". Impressive - that's one of the worst examples of pretentious corporate marketing gobbledygook we've seen in while.
Here's what it means in normal-person speak - the All 4 website and app will have three main sections.
In one, you'll be able to watch live streams of all Channel 4 channels, including Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4 and assorted '+1' channels.
The second section effectively replaces 4oD, offering catch-up TV and a big library of shows from the Channel 4 archives to watch on-demand. It'll also include bonus content, including cast interviews.
The third section, On Soon, will house clips and promos for upcoming shows, and let you set reminders and alerts about your favourite series.
Channel 4 has also commissioned a set of shorter programmes exclusively for All 4. These will feature some of its top TV stars, including the scourge of the turkey twizzler Jamie Oliver and Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead.
The shorts will be shown across all three sections, but they'll have their own dedicated hub too. Sounds like Channel 4 really want people to find them.
All 4 will launch some time before the end of March 2015, initially for PC and iOS devices like the sparkly new iPhone 6. It'll be rolled out to other platforms like Android later on.