As a big cheerleading fan of the iPlayer, I’m glad to see that other channels are gradually trending towards some of the innovative work the BBC have done.
Channel 4 upgraded their on-demand service a while back, and now it is all good to work on both PC and Mac, has online streaming instead of just a desktop application, and is generally a lot better.
I have only found a couple of things on the schedule there I would want to watch, and they are coming to the end of a series, so I can’t start watching them now. However, I will be keeping an eye on it, and it does mean I can look at all the sections of the TV Guide, rather than just the Beeb.
What Channel 4 have done which flies in the face of the BBC’s rights issues, is offer lots of classic comedy and drama in their entirety. For example, all four series of Teachers are available and the awesome Green Wing, and my god, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
There are adverts on the player, naturally, but this has never really bothered me. If you’re getting free online streaming of a show, sitting through an advert or two isn’t entirely unreasonable. (Please note, this attitude may change if I start using the service regularly and get fed up.)