British Broadcaster Channel 4 Releases 'All 4' On-Demand App for Apple TV

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    After months of uncertainty over when it would finally drop, British broadcaster Channel 4 on Monday officially brought its All 4 on-demand service to Apple TV in the form of a dedicated tvOS app.

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    Channel 4 is the last of the major terrestrial British broadcasters - BBC, ITV, and Channel 5 - to release dedicated apps for Apple TV. Prior to Monday's release, the only way TV viewers in the U.K. could watch the channel on Apple TV was by using the All 4 app on iPhone or iPad and streaming the feed over AirPlay.

    Thankfully, that's no longer the case, as the All 4 app for Apple TV includes all the free box sets and on-demand catch-up services viewers have come to expect of the iOS app.


    To access the service, regular viewers can log in using their existing account details, while new users will need to sign up for a free account on the Channel 4 website.

    After logging in, viewers can use the Home tab to discover content and continue watching shows they've started, find shows using the Search tab, and manage their account via the My4 tab.

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    All that's missing now is TV app and universal Siri search integration, both of which are expected to come next year. The All 4 app for Apple TV is available to U.K. users for free on the tvOS App Store.

    Article Link: British Broadcaster Channel 4 Releases 'All 4' On-Demand App for Apple TV
     
  2. Joseph H macrumors 6502

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    No TV app or Up Next integration stinks.
     
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    Took far too long.

    I checked and I made a thread about lack of ITV/All4 March 2016.
     
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    Just need UKTV Play to get their act together now. They are actually the worst, cause you can’t even Airplay; you have to Screen Mirror, with only the ads in full screen.
     
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    All4 is just Alladverts. Such a pain in the ass to watch anything on it. Did not miss it one bit.
     
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    I don’t have the Apple TV but find their app buffers and stops a lot on my iPhone; never seems to be an issue with the adverts though...
     
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    Glad to see this, it was a glaring omission. We watch a lot of 4 in our house, so this will be good.

    ETA: just installed and the app seems poorly optimised at the moment, but it’s a start :)
     
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    These 'old style' broadcasters are weird to me. It was only yesterday that I went on 4's on demand site as I wanted to watch 'Homes By The Med' from a few years back - The Crete one. Sadly not available to buy on iTunes.

    I tried watching it on 4's VOD and... it was some gross SD in quality with no HD option - even though it was broadcast in HD. What made mattress worse was that when I tried to skip to the last 5 minutes of the programme which I wanted to see, I was told that I could watch it after sitting through 3.5 minutes of adverts.

    I gave up, deleted my account and realised that these traditional broadcasters really were meant for the last century. Damn awful experience. No wonder YouTube and Vimeo are loved by the new generation!
     
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    AT LAST! It's only taken 3 years to get the full array of UK catchup TV services on tvOS/Apple TV

    I don't mind the ad's they are a a publicly-owned and commercially-funded so they have to make their money somehow. It's a small price to pay to FINALLY get them on the platform.

    I really hope Channel 4 adds support for the TV app and Siri Universal Search in future releases. Disappointed that there is no HD playback either.

    I still would like UKTV Play to pull there finger out and update there app to include tvOS as well. I think I read that NowTV are developing and testing a new version of their app as well.
     
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    Now if only there was something worth watching, this would be interesting news.

    Scanning the site was like paging through tabloid trash newspapers…
     
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    UK only.

    Likely able to use a VPN with UK server for non-ATV website access.
     
  17. Joseph H macrumors 6502

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    Has any C4 exec stated if TV app/up next integration is coming ?
     
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    Yeah, I posted a link in one of the first replies to this article.
     
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    Oh, Joy. UKTV Play’s iOS update has added Chromecast support, but not Airplay. It also seems to have blocked the ability to Screen Mirror, which at least was available on the previous version; I’m only getting the ads then programme audio.
     

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