4SevenMarch 12, 2012
Channel 4 is set to launch a new TV channel.
The new channel will act as a ‘catch up’ TV service, allowing viewers who missed the first showing of Channel 4′s most popular shows another opportunity to watch them over the next seven nights.
Now you may ask how do they select which are the most popular shows? It’s not just viewing figures, Channel 4 will also be keeping an ear to the ground with regards to chit chat and buzz from Twitter, Facebook and blogs, to see which shows are being talked about and bringing in the audiences.
The channel hasn’t got a set launch date as of yet but it’s rumored to be late summer.
With the web video service 40D already existing – is this channel needed?
40D allows users to watch programmes when and wherever they want, so this just seems to be a slightly restricted version of that.
The one and only pro I can think of would be that it saves you jumping onto your computer or laptop to catch up with your favourite shows, as they will be repeating on TV. But in this day and age, do people care that they watch shows on their laptops, computers or tablets? I don’t think so.
David Abraham, the CEO of Channel 4, did say that it would be arriving on all major platforms, so who knows; maybe you will be able to get this channel on the go, on your phone and tablet.
Either way, you can expect to see the channel around the end of summer on Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and other platforms to be revealed.
In other news, there are reports the BBC are planning on a competitor to iTunes, where you can download and keep old and new programmes. It’s code-named Project Barcelona, who knows why as it’s rumoured that it will only be available in the UK to start with.
Is there any reason for them to create this? Wouldn’t we just be happier if they uploaded older programmes to the iPlayer, so you could watch new and old ones there, rather than paying for something again that you have already paid for as we pay our annual television license – which costs around £145.
I think the BBC need to follow in the footsteps of Channel 4, with their great web video service 40D.
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