BRITISH TELEVISION BROADCASTER Sky has announced that Channel 4's 4OD will be available via its catch-up TV service Sky On Demand come Monday.
The upgrade arrives at no extra charge for Sky customers who have connected their Sky+ HD box to broadband and can download catch-up content via their remote controls.
The additional of Channel 4's portfolio to Sky, including E4 and More 4, will be joining TV catch-up content from Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, the History Channel and National Geographic.
"Older shows and series from the Channel 4 archives will also become available to download from the library section of Sky's On Demand service," Sky said, including series such as The Inbetweeners, Spaced, Father Ted and The IT Crowd.
With the announcement Sky said Channel 4 is the first terrestrial network to offer its channels and programmes on Sky Go so they can be downloaded to watch offline from mobile devices when on the go.
The broadcaster also revealed that the Film4 HD channel will join the Sky service in September.
Sky expanded its existing Sky Go service in January so users can download content based on their Sky Subscription. Called Sky Go Extra, the service permits up to four users per household to download movies and TV shows and watch them offline on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
However, although the app is similar to the BBC's iPlayer service, Sky Go Extra differs in that it will set subscribers back an additional £5 per month to make use of the service. µ