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Published on December 17th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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First on BATV: Channel 4 All 4 app released for UK Apple TV users

The much anticipated All 4 app for the UKs Channel 4 has been released for tvOS users completing the availability of Apple TV apps for all main five broadcasters in Great Britain.

The app was released Monday and is available to UK Apple TV users through the App Store. The app is free and requires a free membership account, but does not offer a live feed of any channel 4 network, but only on-demand content.

In early tests by BESTAppleTV, it appears the video quality of streaming content is not in high-definition. Streaming bit rates have been tested at between 2.3-4.2 megabits per second.

It offers a 30-day catch up of programs recently shown on Channel 4, E4, More4, and Film 4, including a library of classic box set TV shows and movies, including those from the streaming network, Walter Presents. The app is also streaming content from the U.S.-based news organization Vice, despite the fact Vice is not available as a standalone TV network in Great Britain.

Users can also watch with subtitles, and start watching on an Apple TV device and resume on another device. All 4 also supports Siri sign-in, but is not currently being supported on the TV app. UPDATE: Richard Davidson-Houston, the head of All 4, posted to his Twitter account late Monday a confirmation that integration with the TV App “will come next year.”

The new app is providing the same content of the Roku app and much of what is available to users through the All4.com website.

The All 4 app launched in November 2006 as 4oD. The service was renamed All 4 in March 2015.

all_4_image_3The new All 4 for tvOS users in the U.K. offers no live feed of channel 4 networks, but content only on-demand.

British broadcaster Channel 4 confirmed to BESTAppleTV back in January of this year it was leaving the door open to release an All 4 app for tvOS down the road.

In May, BESTAppleTV reported the app was in development, but gave no specific timetable for release.

The apps’ release now makes the five major U.K. networks – BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Channel 4, and the Sky satellite service – all available for viewing on Apple TV through their associated apps.

Our thanks to reader and UK resident Ben Moulden for letting us know of the release of the All 4 app.

 

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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