Film4oD is a UK
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 based video on demand
Video on demand
Video on Demand or Audio and Video On Demand are systems which allow users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content on demand...

 service for Film4
Film4 is a free digital television channel available in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, owned and operated by Channel 4, that screens films.-Programming:...

, from Channel 4
Channel 4
Channel 4 is a British public-service television broadcaster which began working on 2 November 1982. Although largely commercially self-funded, it is ultimately publicly owned; originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority , the station is now owned and operated by the Channel...

 and FilmFlex
FilmFlex, is a UK pay-per-view movie service, which is a joint venture between Sony and The Walt Disney Company.- Virgin Media :FilmFlex makes up part of Virgin Media's "On Demand" video on demand system. FilmFlex has been available on Virgin since January 2005 and saw over 11 million films watched...

. Film4oD officially launched on 1 November 2010, following two years of development by FilmFlex, with more than 500 films available at launch. Film4oD has more new releases available to rent than iTunes
iTunes is a media player computer program, used for playing, downloading, and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad....

, LoveFilm
LoveFilm is a UK-based provider of home video and video game rental through DVD-by-mail and streaming video on demand in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia...

 or Blinkbox
Blinkbox is a UK-based video-on-demand website that allows users to legally preview, buy and rent over 6,000 full length premium movies and TV shows online...

, with many films available on the same day as DVD release and some on the same day as cinema release.

Films are available for 48-hour rental and are streamed online using Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft Silverlight is an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, with features and purposes similar to those of Adobe Flash. The run-time environment for Silverlight is available as a plug-in for web browsers running under Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X...

 requiring a minimum broadband speed of 2 Mbps. A download-to-rent option was added on 26 September 2011, allowing films to be watched while offline.

TalkTalk TV

A separate Film 4 on Demand service is available on TalkTalk TV, this service is separate from the web base service and offers films for free to TalkTalk TV customers on channel 183. Film 4 on Demand shows a wide range of films that include British film, US independent films, Hollywood blockbusters, drama and comedy, guilty pleasures, foreign and cult cinema.


Film4oD is among the prospective content partners for YouView, which is an upcoming internet-connected television platform
Internet Protocol television is a system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol suite over a packet-switched network such as the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal, and cable television formats.IPTV services...

set for release in February 2012.

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