Channel 4 has launched an online service which allows viewers to catch up with their favourite programmes by downloading them from the internet.
It is believed to be the first UK broadcaster to offer all its home-grown programming for viewers on demand.
Prices for each programme will start at 99p. The agreement covers all home-grown shows commissioned since June. Viewers will be able to download them for up to 30 days after transmission.
Much of the channel’s previous output is also being made available from its archives, as well as some imported shows like Desperate Housewives.
Films and programmes
Each programme will stay on people’s computers for 48 hours from the first time they start to watch it. Selected films will also be available under the same terms at £1.99.
The move comes days after BT launched its own broadband TV service.
BT Vision offers customers a library of on-demand TV shows and films, as well as 40 Freeview channels, without having to pay a monthly subscription.