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Channel 4 first to make archives free on Net

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Channel 4 is to become the first UK broadcaster to make its back catalogue of programmes available to watch for free on its website.

Classic drama, comedy and entertainment shows such as Father Ted, Drop the Dead Donkey, Shameless and Queer As Folk will all be put on the 4oD section of the site from July.

In total, nearly 4,000 hours of the broadcaster's archived material, representing around 10,000 programmes, will be on offer.

Imported US shows, which have been a mainstay of Channel 4 programming over the past decade, are not included because of rights issues, meaning fans of shows like Friends, ER and Desperate Housewives will still have to go out and buy the DVD boxed sets.

The relaunched 4oD service means Channel 4 is the only UK broadcaster to make its archive available free to view online on a streamed basis.

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Looks pretty cool. Will we/you be bothered to sue the service though?

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Yeah, probably. Hopefully It'll have the More4 stuff on as well. I want to see David Starky taking Peter Hitchens apart again and again and again.

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