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Channel 4 offers all programmes on demand

For a small fee, of course. Yesterday, everyone's favourite post-pub TV channel, Channel 4, revealed its plans for an ambitious video-on-demand service. Bigwigs at C4 claim that it will be the first such service in the world to offer access to a major channel's entire schedule from the past month. That's right, 'Countdown' will be available around the clock and you need never miss 'Hollyoaks: In the city' again.

Andy Duncan, C4's CEO, said that '4oD' would launch early next month and offer around 500 hours of archive material as well as the 30-day catch up service. The service will include every programme Channel 4 makes. Some US imports that are shared with other broadcasters will not be included. So you can get 24-hour Des, but access to Homer remains restricted.

Earlier this year the broadcaster agreed a media rights deal with independent producers, allowing it to start the iTunes-for-TV-like service. Channel 4 hopes to persuade other rights owners to use its platform. Programmes will cost 99p to rent and £1.99 to keep. A movie will set you back £1.99 to view once. From early next year you'll be able to pay monthly subscription fees of £3.99 for all TV, film for £4.99 or both for £5.99.

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