C4 launches programmes on demand

Channel 4 has launched an on-demand service that lets viewers catch up with their favourite programmes online.

Viewers can now download most of the channel’s current schedule for up to 30 days after transmission or choose programmes from its archives.

Charges start at 99p each with monthly subscriptions planned for the new year.

Channel 4 says it is the first major broadcaster in the world to offer all its "home-grown" programming for viewers on demand.

Its service is available on cable and personal computers, onto which viewers can download all Channel 4 programmes made in this country and a few imported shows, such as Desperate Housewives.

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