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Channel 4 has announced that its 4oD application for iOS and Android will receive a major update next early next year.

Coming to iPhone, iPad in early 2013 and Android later in the year, the new-and-improved catch-up TV app will enable viewers to enjoy live TV from Channel 4, Channel 4 +1, E4 and More 4, over Wi-Fi and cellular on mobiles.

Users will also be able to download shows to their devices for watching later without an internet connection. They’ll also benefit from a ‘Pause and Play’ feature that’ll allow programmes to be paused and resumed on multiples devices – ideal for picking up where you left off at home or on the move.

Channel 4 will also launch 4oD on Sky On Demand from BSkyB, Free Time from Freesat and Samsung Smart TVs in 2013.

4oD is home to the critically acclaimed drama/thriller, Homeland, and hit comedy show New Girl, along with a wealth of archived shows that include Peep Show and The Inbetweeners.

Sarah Rose, commercial & business development director at Channel 4, said: "We're very excited to be the first commercial public service broadcaster in the UK to offer mobile offline viewing, enabling our viewers to catch up with Channel 4 wherever they may be.

Rose added: "The introduction of 'Watch Live' on the move and cross platform 'Pause and Play' is great news for our young-skewing audience who are increasingly watching our content on multiple mobile devices."

Like BBC’s iPlayer, 4oD is free to watch, but is ad-supported. The app itself is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

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