4oD comedy goes permanently free
4oD, Channel 4's online service which allows people to rent the TV episodes of their choice, has made changes to its archive to allow some of the broadcaster's most famous shows to be downloaded free of charge permanently - this includes a number of classic C4 comedies.
Channel 4 was the first TV channel in Britain to provide a service were people are able to download episodes of programmes onto their computer. Normally, a fee was charged when an episode is rented or bought. However, after a trial period where some episodes were downloadable for free Channel 4 has decided to make some shows in its archive permanently free.
The free comedy series available to download from 4oD now include Father Ted, Black Books, Peep Show (pictured), Spaced, Da Ali G Show, Green Wing, The Adam and Joe Show, Brass Eye, Nathan Barley, Drop the Dead Donkey, Smack the Pony, Trigger Happy TV, Star Stories, Whose Line is it Anyway? and Bo' Selecta!
You can download 4oD from www.channel4.com/4od
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