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      05.10.2015 11:58
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      First Dates - A dating show with a human touch for once

      I think we have reached the point where everyone should have been on TV or, at least, had the opportunity to be. All of my family have been on and most of my relatives. There are over 100 channels out there and most new programs involve the general public as it’s cheaper to make with the plebs and so statistically you’re next. First Dates is the latest opportunity for your 15 minutes of fame.

      Dating shows are generally for the vain and not for everyone but there are lots on the cable platform and so if you are looking to be on TV - or for love - then no problem. Channel Fours First Dates is recruiting right now. But whereas shows like Paddy McGuiness’s Saturday night ITV show Take me Out and the 80s classic Blind Date were crass and cliché, First Dates has a little more human emotion and warmth going on and makes for a an enjoyable Friday night in - the target audience that need that date, we presume. Throw in Gogglebox at 9: pm and Bad Robots at 12: am and you have a really good Friday night line up.

      What’s appealing about First Dates is that its not as over produced as most dating shows and you simply apply on the Chanel Four website to get on. The people on it are not reading Q-cards or showing off to get famous but enjoying meeting people. Cilla’s Blind Date seemed to round up all the d***heads and posers from the local bars and clubs and very much a show you loved to hate. In a way it was the beginning of reality TV where the objective was not to like the people on screen but to hate them, hardly about looking for love but just being on TV. First Dates is giving those dating shows ‘the hand’.

      First Dates is very different, and immediate, as you apply just before the series run starts on C4, and actually during the run, quite unique. You could literally be on website application one day and in the restaurant the next where the show is filmed with a blind date, the format. You have to send in a short video and fill out a questionnaire (presumably to weed out the really ugly and boring people but by no means avoid plain people) and off you go. You do have to be thin and young though as we have had no fat people (advertisers hate those) and the prettier you are the more chance you have of getting on. There is also a notable lack of ethnic minority dates although we have our first lesbian date next week. We have already had gay men on the show and what a cliché they were! At the end of the day its still a commercial TV station and this a prime time slot so the advertisers still picky on what they associate their products with.

      So regular people who apply pitch up at the London restaurant and meet their blind date for drinks and a meal over the day or night, or both. Their host is a very French bloke who acts as concierge and leads the guests to the bar or table to meet their date. As the cameras are actually rolling the dates tend not to choose to make a run for it if there is a moose or a geek at the table. The producers say they have done their homework and actually trying to match couples on their interests, physical appearance and tastes ect. We have the more ‘common’ dates who like to show off and we have the ones who like a drink, often one of the same. Britain’s dependency in alcohol is laid blind here I’m also surprised how classless the show is with all types on it. In general the match ups look realistic but we also have students to posers, and golddiggers to losers. Most are young and some looking for love whilst others looking for fun, most looking to be on TV as very few hookup and still together at the end of the shows scrolling catch up text. I have been on blind date and it’s not pretty.

      A couple of weeks ago we had a really rather shy and gauche middle-class kid who clammed up with his lady and you could only feel for the ‘Tim nice but dim’. His attractive date thought he was a bit wet and should sort his confidence issues out and they agreed not to meet again. He decided to return for another go and improved his table manners but still no luck. As expected he got a lot of fanmail and date offers from women around the country. We also had our first pensioners looking for love, Reg, who was the complete well groomed gentleman and Iris, who was bright, intelligent and never married, clearly not suffering fools. I liked Iris. Then last week we had Jeremy from the City, who slotted in his date around his lunch break. Jeremy is very busy making money and so twice divorced. His pretty date’s eyes lit up when she knew he was loaded, salivating as he made more money on his mobile phone during the date. She had given up her globe trotting career after her friend dropped dead and wanted a less stressful life to avoid that, presumably by finding a rich city boy called Jeremy. But he wasn’t interested and politely told her so in the end of date interview in the love box, dismissing her like a crappy share option. The 45-year-old looked bemused when she had been turned down. Jeremy felt this particular stock was not worth investing in. Men, of course, are clued up on women and know the more money they make and security they offer the younger and sexier their partner will be, which is the females fault, not the men’s, by-the-way.

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      29.10.2012 01:12

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      Atrocious picture quality and no Airplay support for ipad users make 4od as good as useless.

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      10.06.2010 16:55
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      A really good service.

      Amazing! For those of us with no telly, 4od is like manna from heaven. It has quite a large selection of TV shows, new and old alike, and you get to watch them whenever you want!

      For some older programmes (such as Father Ted), they have every single episode and you can watch them whenever you want. For newer shows (for example Glee), they put the episodes up on the website as they are shown on Channel 4, and you have a certain number of weeks in which to watch them before they are taken down again.

      Hollyoaks, Desperate Housewives, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal - there really are so many programmes there. Ad breaks have just one advertisement, sometimes two, and there is one at the start as well - if you are watching from another countries, there are no ad breaks.

      4od is available outside of the UK - I'm not sure how far it extends, but it certainly works in Ireland (unlike BBC iPlayer!), so I assume it works in at least the rest of the EU.

      The quality tends to be quite good - I have a very VERY slow internet connection and it is fine most of the time, there are just occasional pauses. You can expand it out to fill the whole screen. The website is easy to navigate and you can view programmes by series. All in all, an excellent service!

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      28.05.2010 22:11

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      All these positive reviews must've been written by people with Vaseline smeared across their eyes and a penchant for 1980s 8-bit gaming!Seriously, 4OD's picture quality is atrocious and thoroughly laughable when compared to the excellent BBC iPlayer.It really is a shame because there's plenty of stuff screened by Ch4 that I'd love to be able to catch up on, but trying to watch True Blood (after Ch4 managed to cock up the ending of an episode during its TV airing!) was like trying to watch a lego recreation, with a shamefully low level of detail. That was a few months ago, but watching 'You Have Been Watching' tonight has shown me that Ch4 clearly have no interest in making the service even half-way watchable.

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      07.05.2010 22:00
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      Channel 4 on your Computer

      4od is an offshoot of the Channel 4 website which allows its user to access 'on demand' television via their home computers. What this means is that they can watch TV that has previously been on Channel 4 (including E4 and more 4) anytime they want.

      Logging on and Navigation

      Logging on is simple, simply go to http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od and get to work. What I like about this site is that there is no need to set up an account or provide any personal details - the homepage is very straight forward to use with popular or recent programmes being advertised along the top of the screen - allowing the user to click on them to begin watching (shows such as Hollyoaks, Shameless and other flagship shows are generally advertised here). There is also a search bar to the right of the screen which allows the user to search for a particular show that they might have missed.

      If you are not searching for anything in particular and simply have some time to kill and want to watch something that may interest you, there is a browse facility which enables you to choose a category such as Documentaries, Soaps, Drama etc which groups similar shows together.

      Another thing I like about 4od is that it allows you to view shows from the Channel 4 archive, whereas other sites such as BBC iPlayer only lets you watch shows for a certain period of time (eg a week after they have been aired) 4od has full series' of shows for you to choose from - which is a great money saving tool if you don't want to pay £20 plus to buy a boxset of say, 'Shameless'.

      When you have decided on what you would like to watch, you simply click on its icon, if it has any strong language or nudity in it, you must click a box confirming that you are an adult, sit back and get ready to watch. Before the show starts there is generally a bit of advertising, mainly for other programmes that may be of interest, but this only lasts about 30 seconds.

      As channel 4 doesn't give you the option to download programmes, everything on the site is streamed, which is great if you have a brilliant internet connection, however, if the connection is busy or weak, there is a chance that the programme will pause while the content is loaded, however considering that most people now have a broadband internet connection - this doesn't pose a massive problem.

      I would highly recommend using 4od, especially as I am a massive fan of channel 4 programming in general, it is free, there is no limited to the amount of programming you can watch and in the long run can save you money - its worth checking it out before you spend money on TV series DVDs to make sure the programme is worth it.

      5 Dooyoo starts for this service.

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        20.04.2010 12:56
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        Well deserved 4 stars.

        Channel 4 has some of the most interesting and dynamic programming when compared to other channels and I find that some of the television shows are aired when I am about to go out with friends or am busy cooking dinner, which can be annoying, they should air their shows around my schedule (joking)! Therefore I was so happy in 2009 when Channel 4 set up their "4 On Demand" service online, on their internet site www.channel4.com/4od, in which you are able to catch up with the past week's programming from Channel 4, E4 and their archives as well as other channels affiliated with the Channel 4 franchise.

        I think that this has benefited audiences immensely, as they are able to tune into their favourite programmes or re-watch episodes of a television series with ease, especially as there are so many . As most of their content is available for thirty days, you have plenty of time to go on the website and watch whenever you feel like it, as long as it is within (approximately) a month of its original airing on Channel 4 or E4 etc.

        The archives offer programmes that were aired months or years before but are still proving popular with the consumers still. My favourite part of 4OD is that it is completely free, which is where I think many other streaming sites fail, as there can be a charge for downloading, or you need to download a particular program in order for it to run. I feel that you can be cheated out of the ability to watch some programmes, that as a TV Licence payer, you should be entitled to, so I take full advantage of the service offered and tend to wait until programmes are on the site before watching them.

        The only down side to streaming over the internet, is that if you don't have a fast speed, it can lead to the programme stopping and starting or not loading properly and although the programmes are provided on the internet, the quality of the viewing is nearly as good as watching them on a television, unless you try and watch them with full screen, they then become slightly pixelated and don't tend to run as well.

        As of late 2009, it was also possible to view some of the content via Youtube.com, as Channel 4 have launched their service through the website, allowing audiences to get 7 different channels and programming related to those, such as Come Dine with Me and Supersize vs. Superskinny etc. I personally haven't used this, as I tend to just go straight to their website as it is so well known to most and it seems like less fuss than going through a completely different website. It is extremely clever as a marketing ploy though, as Youtube is one of the most accessed sites on the internet, especially for videos for both television and music.

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        11.04.2010 18:32
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        great site

        This site is one of the best for catching up on your favourite soaps and programmes. I use 4od, bbciplayer and itvplayer weekly. I use the other two mainly for the soaps and use 4od for Desperate Housewives. However if I am bored there is always something on 4od that I would like to watch.

        The site itself is really simple to use the 4 on demand home page brings up a list of the programmes they have available to view. If you cannot see the programme you are looking for then you simply type in the name in the search box.

        It will then bring you up a list of episodes and series you simply click on the episode you want to watch and your all set.

        A really good thing about this is although you will have the odd break during the programme its half the amount you get with itvplayer. Adverts really do me in so this is a huge plus for me.

        The picture quality is excellent and the speed is good too, im not sure how it all works but I think I have a fairly slow internet connection however I can view the programes on 4od perfectly, I do have some trouble with the others, especially itvplayer.

        If a certain programme contains adult content then once you make your selection a box will appear. You can either set up a pin to enter to confirm you are over 16, otherwise there is a box you need to click. The programme will then start.

        You cannot fast forward the adverts however you can fast forward and rewind the programme. You can also use subtitles with this site, make the programme fill your screen or play it in pop up.

        Overall this is an excellent site, it gives you great variety and also contains some brilliant documentaries. My son usually hogs my TV so this gives me a chance to watch something I want to whilst doing my housework etc. Its very simple and enjoyable to use.

        I would definitely say that if you have a bit of time spare then this site is worth taking a look at.

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        04.04.2010 02:07
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        A great platform and innovation

        To be able to watch programmes on 4oD, it was necessary to download an application. Through this platform, you would be able to watch programmes. Thankfully, 4oD have scrapped that system and you can now go direct to the website and watch programmes from there. This makes the process much more user friendly and accessible as people may not be able or may be scared to download a third party application.

        The 4oD although not as user friendly as the ever popular BBC iPlayer does have some key advantages. While not as user friendly, it is not to say it is difficult to use in any sense but takes a little longer to get familiar with. Still it is much better than other media online platforms out there.

        The real beauty and advantage of 4oD is the ability to watch from it's archive something which is lacking on BBC iPlayer. While BBC iPlayer focuses on recent content (last 7 days), 4oD makes series and a larger range of video content available to you. It goes beyond the 'catch up' tv concept which is a huge benefit. This is especially good if you like browsing for something interesting to watch. Doing so can bring up some great programmes both old and new that will keep you entertained.

        Many reviews tend to make comparisons with BBC iPlayer and the reason for that is that 4oD belongs in the a similar calibre. There are many other players which fail to get a mention and are seldom used as comparisons.

        If you are looking for something to watch then head over to 4oD you will likely come across something that will keep you entertained.

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          08.03.2010 16:10
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          Needs to spread the love around the rest of the UK

          I have used 4od now and again to catch up with something I missed. I didn't really pay it much attnetion. I just went in and typed into the search engine the name of the programme I missed and hoped for the best that they had it available for viewing on their server.

          What I hadn't noticed before is that tucked away in a little corner is a little link button marked "SEE ALL 4oD Programmes"

          I clicked on this and was absolutely gobsmacked!

          I was presented with what seemed like a huge list of programmes available.

          Perhaps I haven't explored other catch-up services, but compared to this list that 4oD served up to me, the others seem bland and empty.

          There are full series of programmes that I own on DVD, The Book Group for example. I spent a few bob on these DVDs, unknown that the programmes were freely available to watch.

          There are some cracking documentaries, for example Hardeep Does, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding... There is plenty of humour; something for the kids; chat shows. If you like Jamie, Gordon Ramsay, Hugh double-barreled-I-can-never-spell-his-name and Nigel Slater there are plenty of cookery shows.

          I missed the latter end of Cape Wrath, admittedly I was getting bored with it, but it is there if I want to see it.

          I also though Sugar rush was the funniest thing I had seen in ages, I can now view that again if I wish.

          If you liked Brookside - which I considered to be on a par with Corrie - you can see some classic episodes including the last one ever.

          I will be spending more time with 4oD catching up with some excellent stuff I have missed and watching some excellent stuff again.

          Well done Channel 4. 4 stars only though, and I will explain why.

          Channel 4 has somewhat smugly, prided itself to catering to minority groups - well done.

          Sadly like the other BRITISH broadcasters, its output is still hugely Anglocentric. It became apparent looking through the list that there were too few programmes to reflect Scottish, Welsh and Irish culture - whatever that is - but more broadly speaking disproportionately few programmes set in British countries other than England, and featuring non-English Brits.

          So when it becomes apparent that this channel - which likes to appear to be inclusive - gives more programming to Non-English, British issues, I will come back and give it 5 stars.

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            02.02.2010 16:30
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            A great catch up service, despite the odd problem

            For anyone who doesn't want to have to fit their schedule around their favourite TV programmes, catch-up websites online are an absolute essential. Having access to these programmes whenever you want to watch them, at the mere click of a button, is a great resource, and means that you can plan your life without reference to your viewing agenda!

            One such catch-up service is 4oD, on channel4.com. Standing for 4 on demand, it pretty much does what it says on the tin- gives you lots of lovely channel 4 (and all the 4 derivatives, E4 etc) programmes, old and new, to choose from, and watch whenever you want.

            The site is well set out and easy to navigate. The main feature of the homepage is a selection of categorised programmes which you can click on to watch. The categories change regularly, but there's usually the 'Current Most Popular' and 'Archive Favourites'. Right now, there's also 'Kirstie's Home Sweet Home' (a pick of Kirstie Allsopp property programmes) and 'Comedy Gold', a few of the classic comedy shows available on 4oD. This is a useful way of finding new programmes that you may never have thought of watching otherwise.

            As well as this feature, there's also a search feature which enables you to find programmes quickly and easily by typing in the name of a show. You can also search by category (film, food, reality shows etc), although be warned- not all of the programmes that come up can be watched on 4oD. For instance, clicking on the film category just now, I was presented with an impressive looking 142 films that have recently been broadcast on Channel 4, or its sister channels. However, scrolling down the list, I saw only two of these films (neither of which I'd heard of) had the 'watch now' logo next to them, which left 140 films that weren't available on 4oD.

            One way around this problem of sifting through lots of programmes that aren't available to watch is to click on the 'See All' button, which takes you to a complete list of programmes that are available to watch, in alphabetical order. There's a huge list- many hundreds of programmes, old and new. Clicking on a programme, you can see all the episodes that are available to watch, and often you can watch whole series. Clicking on 'Skins' for example, every episode from all 4 series comes up. Programmes like 'Come Dine With Me' and 'The Family' (two personal favourites!) also boast many episodes from different series, despite being broadcast quite a while ago. It's great to have whole series available to watch at the click of a button, and means you need never be behind when a new series starts.

            4oD update their programmes regularly, and shows are usually available to watch within 24 hours of being broadcast (and often substantially sooner).

            As for watchabililty, 4oD is pretty good- I'd put it somewhere between the BBC iplayer and ITV player. The quality of the sound and picture is really very good- not up to the standard you'd get on an ordinary TV, but certainly watchable and I haven't had the problems with sound getting out of synch or jumpy pictures that I've had with ITV player. 4oD is also pretty low on adverts- for some programmes they miss them out completely, and when they are there, there's usually only a few per programme. The only problem I have had is with programmes freezing randomly halfway through. It's quite inconvenient, as you can't simply rewind- I've tried this, and the sound went back to where I wanted, while the picture remained frozen on the screen! It does happen quite frequently- maybe once every 5 programmes or so.

            Another disadvantage to 4oD when compared with the other catch up channels is that if you stop a programme halfway through, you can't just resume next time you visit the page. The ITV player and iplayer both record the point at which you stop watching so you can pick up exactly where you left off. But with 4oD, you have to fiddle around with the time bar at he bottom to get to the right place.

            You will need Adobe Flash Player to watch 4oD, but if you haven't got it, it's really easy to download and the website will give you any technical help you need. You don't need a TV license to watch it, as it's catch up TV, and not being streamed as it's broadcast. It really is a useful service for those who don't have a TV, or can't catch their favourite show at the time it's on. Thumbs up for having such an extensive archive and so many full series! I'd say this makes up for the odd technical glitch.

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            26.01.2010 16:10
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            Give it a go!

            I used to access 4OD a few years ago, but back then you had to download an application onto your hardrive, which then facilitated your viewing. After updating the technology I had problems accessing it and I forgot the application even existed. However I have recently started to dabble with the BBC i-player and ITV Player, so I decided to give 4 On Demand (4OD) another go. Technology has progressed a long way since I first used it (in around 2005) - and so has 4OD, I couldn't believe how different the service was.

            You can now watch television on-line without downloading additional software and I didn't need a strong internet connection to view the programmes uninterrupted.

            You can watch numerous television shows that have been transmitted via the channel 4 network and they don't expire after 28 days like they do with on the BBC i-player and ITV player, so you can search back and watch older programmes that you may have missed. This feature comes in quite handy for me, because I like watching documentaries but I don't always mange to catch them. Back in January I caught the tail end of a documentary featuring the trial of Amanda Knox, I thought I'd never get to see it in its entirety, but I caught it on 4OD.

            My only complaints about the service are the amount of adverts which appear throughout each programme. I know that Channel 4 doesn't get funded like the BBC and that the service needs to be paid for, but I found the number of adverts excessive and I couldn't find a way of fast forwarding through them.

            The other difficulty I had was navigating the website. I found it hard to locate certain programmes and I found that the search bar automatically took me to the television show's website, rather than to the programme. However, once I had got to grips with the site and realised that there were programme categories listed down the side of the site, I had no further programmes.

            Overall I'd say that 4OD is my favourite on-line television player. I like it because of the range of programmes you can watch and the fact that you don't need a phenomenal internet connection to access it. Five out of five stars.

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              5/5

              4OD allows you to stream content from a range of C4 channels for free.
              There is a very large library with many entire series available indefinitely (it is possible to set a PIN for age restricted shows).
              As on TV you have to watch adverts at the start of each episode plus commercial breaks but each break is only two ads long and there are no more of them than offline.
              For some reason there are only about four different commercials for each series so you end up watching the same ones over and over.
              The adverts cannot be fast forwarded though and if you try to jump to a point after a break it plays from the next set of ads. Pausing after the break for too long also seems to cause problems, it says "there has been an error" and makes you start over (but this happens sometimes anyway).
              Unfortunately media can no longer be downloaded and the streaming does have some issues:
              Generally performance is fair but there are some reliability issues; the programmes play at the right speed with very infrequent pausing (less than once per half hour) and the sound and picture don't loose synchronicity but the image often blurs or pixilates, especially if you watch it full screen.
              Occasionally a show pauses and never resumes or only the sound resumes or it might stop and display an error message. This is very annoying as it means you have to go thought the ads again. When a problem like this occurs it usually takes several attempts to get it to restart; even refreshing the page won't fix it.
              The web site is poorly designed so it takes a long time to find the right episode and to get it to play rather than displaying additional info or reordering the menu.
              Overall these are only minor problems considering the value you get; a single box set could cost you over £50 yet for a couple of minutes spent searching and reloading you can have it all for free!

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                4OD from Channel 4

                I have covered two out of the four terrestrial TV networks online programme players and have left my favourite one till last to review - Channel 4's On Demand, or 4OD as it is more commonly known as. Out of all the networks on terrestrial TV the majority of shows I watch are on Channel 4, BBC offer a higher quality of programming and their iplayer is superb and got a 5 star rating from me but Channel 4 offers me the type of programme I like to watch and their online service is the one most watched by me.

                What sets their service apart from the BBC's is that their programmes are available without a time limit which means that whole series of shows are available to watch. I am a huge Derren Brown fan and absolutely adore his shows, and with his Tricks of the Mind and Trick or Treat series being broadcast on Channel 4 originally his back catalogue of shows is massive and the OD service allows me to view any of his transmitted shows. I have spent many an hour on the website watching Browns shows and this for me makes it a brilliant service.

                All of Channel 4's own shows like Shameless, Come Dine with Me, The family etc are available to view and better still you are able to watch them all the series that have been made in chronological order so if you have recently made a new discovery you can watch back previous series without the need to buy the DVDs.

                The service is exactly the same as BBC and ITV in that you simply select the programme you want to watch, decide which episode from the options and description given and then the player screen pops up. Not as large as the BBC screen but crystal clear and definitely watchable, you are able to maximise the screen to the size of your monitor but I find that the quality of the picture isn't as clear watching it this way.

                Being a commercial channel the same as ITV there are adverts at the beginning of the show, but unlike ITV there are no breaks during the show, this is a massive positive for me as that is an annoyance on the ITV service and realistically 4OD could have gone down this route too but haven't done.

                My only criticism is with the navigation round the site, it could be laid out a lot clearer than it is and isn't as straight forward as the BBC iplayer, if you are a new user to the service you may find yourself going round in circles before actually being able to view the programme you want to watch but to be fair to Channel 4 though the actual size of their library and the shows on offer is that huge that some confusion would be inevitable.

                This is my favourite out of all the online players available and is the one I watch most of all, yes there could be improvements made as pointed out above but for me it is a god-send. Once you get used to the site and know where to look it is easy and definitely worth the effort if you are waiting to seek out a favourite programme. 5/5 Dooyoo stars for me; it offers me the programmes I want to watch, when I want to watch them and with the added benefit of no adverts. Perfect!

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                  07.12.2009 20:10
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                  Great All Around!

                  I use Channel 4's on demand service, which is affectionately titled 4OD regularly when I'm bored or trying to kill some time, or need to catch a programme that I've missed. It's available from two methods to the best of my knowledge: On channel 4's website or via the Virgin Media on demand service. With the latter however you can only search the last week unless it's a popular series.

                  As it's something for free I can't really feel unfavourable towards it. Not that I need to as it does it very well. The picture quality is good and it streams well with little or no delay or hold ups when doing so.

                  Another benefit it the size of the library. On the internet it is huge and there is archived material which I thought had been lost forever or I would never have the pleasure of seeing again. It's a great way of finding stuff.

                  Another thing is that it has things that normally you would have to go out and buy, yet it's all on there for free. Take Peep show for example. All 5 series of it bought individually would amass to about £50, however it's all on there and it's free to view making it a great money saver.

                  With all the above in mind it's hard to justify any downsides. You have to watch a few advertisements but I can sympathise with that because at the end of the day it needs to be financed and Channel 4 don't have the luxury of being able to cheat and do it for free in the way that the TV licence allows the BBC to do with iPlayer.

                  It can be hard though at first knowing how to view it as you need to set up a pin and also confirm you're over the age of eighteen. This on the other hand is a bonus as it allows the right people of the right age to watch appropriate programmes to them.

                  Overall I think it's wonderful and it's nice to have a service for free that's of such value.

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                  4od offers you the chance of free tv catch up for a huge variety of channel 4 programmes. Out of all the terrestrial channels, I do think channel 4 has the best programmes and therefore I do prefer 4od other than the other 'catch up' systems out there. What I do like about 4od is that if the programme is available to watch on 4od, you can usually watch all of the previous episodes/series. Brilliant.


                  My favourite 4od programmes are:
                  Ugly Betty, Unreported World, Will and Grace, Peep Show, Balls of Steel, Bob and Margaret, The Family and 8 out of 10 Cats,

                  Other shows include:
                  The IT Crowd, Fonejacker, Its either me or the dog, One Tree Hill, Without a Trace, True Blood, Hollyoaks, Teachers, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Skins, The Inbetweeners, The Friday Night Project and Distraction.


                  I think I prefer 4od to the other 'catch up' systems because there is so much more choice of programmes and even types of programmes. You can watch comedies, quizzes and gameshows, dramas, documentaries, animal shows, animation, entertainment and even fashion and beauty programmes.


                  Something I have noticed lately is that there was no 'fast forward' or 'rewind', which there used to be. I am not sure whether this is for all programmes or just a coincidence for the ones I am watching. This is a little annoying if you mishear something and try and go back, as you would if watching a programme on TV. There are also adverts on 4od but I guess they have to have these adverts to keep the funding up for the availability of all these fabulous shows.


                  The site navigation can be something of a pain however as you click on watch 4od and expect the shows to all appear. However when you click on view all 4od, all the programmes and episodes that are available do show up. It is quite annoying when you find a programme you want to watch but realise it is not on 4od, but that may be something 4od needs to improve on.


                  However, we must not complain, it is afterall a free service. A good one at that and one that has enabled me to catch up on the shows that I would have otherwise missed.

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