So, Channel 4 has launched its long-awaited download rental service, 4OD. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to take somebody else’s word for how well it works, because it’s only available for Windows PCs, leaving us shiny Mac owners out in the cold.
Blogger Dan Taylor has got his teeth into the service, however. Some of the key points of his review:
The main interface is “relatively clean and simple… running in a full-screen (but re-sizable) window.”
Viewing programmes available to download can be done using a schedule view, although doing so highlights the limited range of available shows: “It still feels frustrating to be reminded that you can’t watch The Simpsons, Channel 4 News or Without a Trace, but you can watch Hollyoaks and 8 Out of 10 Cats…”
It may be more useful to browse using the genre categories and recommendations lists.
Once a programme has downloaded, you can keep it for a month; however, once you’ve started watching it, it will self-delete after 48 hours.
Image quality is “pretty good when viewed as Regular or Large but inevitably starts to pixelate in Fullscreen mode.”
Downloads are priced at 99p to rent a TV show, and £1.99 to rent a film. A limited number of TV programmes will be available to “own” for £1.99 as well.