Channel 4 Online
UPDATE: 4oD now available on Windows Phone 8

4oD - Channel 4’s on-demand service - will be available on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 from Thursday 14 November. The app includes 4oD’s core features, as we wanted to make it available on WP8 as early as possible.

4oD offers free instant streaming of top new shows from Channel 4, E4 and More4 - plus hundreds of classic shows from the last 30 years. These include entire box sets of some of our most popular comedy, entertainment and drama series - from Teachers to Educating Yorkshire and from Father Ted to Top Boy. Users can browse for programmes by date of broadcast, category type, A to Z list - or try our editorially curated recommendations and collections.

4oD is already available on a large number of platforms and devices: online at channel4.com; on Freesat, Freetime, Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV and YouView set-top boxes; on apps for Windows 8, iOS and Android devices; and on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Samsung TV.

4oD is also coming soon to Xbox One. Watch this space…

Event Update: Come offline with Channel 4 Online

Our summer event was held on July 25th at our Horseferry Road offices in London. Below is a set of notes from the event summarising the presentations from the day, including details of specific briefs for working with the Product team and Programme Support team.

Summer Event Notes

Please remember you can pitch ideas to us anytime.

Email us here onlineproposals@channel4.co.uk

* To register your interest in the briefs
* Submit your ideas to Channel 4 Online
* Questions or queries about the team

We look forward to hearing from you.

Come Offline with Channel 4 Online

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The first event for 2013 from Channel 4 Online will be held at Channel 4 on Thursday 25 July.

The event will offer insight and information about working with Channel 4 Online, and live briefs will be presented by the Product and Online Programme Support teams.

Throughout the afternoon, Indies and Commissioning Editors will also offer attendees a chance to hear the inside stories from recent and up-and-coming multiplatform productions.

After the event there will be a drinks reception and an opportunity to get to know the Channel 4 Online team, which consists of Multiplatform Commissioning Editors, Online Production & Programme Support and the Product Management team.

Timings: 2.30 for 3pm start followed by summer drinks reception 6-9pm.   

Spaces for this event is limited so please register your interest via email: C4Online@channel4.co.uk by Monday 8th July.

To learn more about Channel 4 Online click here

Never miss a film, with Watchlist from Film4

Watchlist is a new service on Film4.com that allows you to set email alerts for films that are broadcast on Film4 or available to rent on Film4oD. 

The idea was to provide a service that helps our users navigate the packed Film4 schedule and never miss the films they want to see.

After registering with www.film4.com, you can choose whether you’d like to receive email alerts on a weekly basis, the day before, or on the day a film is broadcast. You can also choose to receive reminders for Film4 only - or for Film4oD as well.

Then, simply add any films you want to see to your Watchlist and you’ll get an email when they’re coming up to watch on Film4 or rent on Film4oD.

You can change your Watchlist preferences whenever you like and we’ll even suggest films based on your favourite film genres, directors, actors and languages.

So if you’ve got a soft spot for rom-coms or you’re a die-hard Bruce Willis fan - Watchlist can help you enjoy more great nights in at the movies…

For more updates on what we’re up to at Channel 4 Online, follow us @channel4online

How to submit a proposal to Channel 4 Online

Channel 4 has recently changed how companies submit their proposals and ideas, and will no longer be using the 4Producers system.

As a result, Channel 4 Online’s processes also have changed and this article outlines how you should now submit ideas to us.

Who can I pitch to?

Channel  4 Online is composed of three teams: multiplatform, product management and the online programme support.  You can find a list of Channel 4 Online’s commissioning editors and product managers here.

There are several different approaches you might like to make to Channel 4 Online. 

1.       Creds Session

If you would like to work with us or a share an idea about a service that is relevant to the Channel 4 Online team, please send us an email to onlineproposals@channel4.co.uk  with a description of what your company does and details of your previous clients and projects.

If we’ve not worked with your company before and we think there’s a potential opportunity to work together, we’ll arrange a general introductory meeting. From that, any further conversations with specific individuals or teams will be put in place.

Channel 4 doesn’t have any formal rosters, so if you would like to work with us, a creds session is the best way to introduce your company to our digital team.

2.       Specific Idea

If you have a specific proposal that you would like to share with us, then please put together a pitch document (find out how to do this here).

Send your completed pitch to onlineproposals@channel4.co.uk, with the word PITCH in the subject title, including the name of the appropriate person you think this should be going to.

Once you have sent your idea in, it will be forwarded to the relevant person. They will review it and get back to you within 21 days. 

PLEASE NOTE: Please send in your pitch to us only once, duplicating your proposal will not speed up the process in any way and may lead to delays in responses.

Channel 4 Online Winter Briefing 2012

Our winter briefing was held on December 13th at our Horseferry Road offices in London.

Below is a set of briefing notes explaining what we are looking for in each area, plus some guidelines on the practicalities of how to submit your ideas.

We will be using Channel 4’s 4Producers website to receive ideas. It enables you to submit ideas and us respond to you, all trackable via the system.

To be able to submit us your ideas, you need to register your company here 4Producer registration and login page

The closing date for ideas is January 31st at midnight.

Fuel4: UX by SW, Exploring the TV experience in a Connected World

The next Fuel4 event called UX by SW: Exploring the digital experience in a connected world, takes place in Bristol on Wednesday 7th November. The event features keynote speaker, Bill Buxton, principal researcher at Microsoft Research. Bill specialises in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology.

Read more about Bill here, billbuxton.com

Following his 20 year career as a professional musician, Bill became a researcher at Xerox PARC, then Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded three honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM.

Starting at 2pm, the afternoon session will bring together the UK’s top UX specialists and design creatives as well as real users.

Attendees will uncover user and content experiences in the age of connected TV and debate what audiences really want from these experiences. They’ll also consider what game changers from the past will help us create the UX of the future.

This free Fuel4 event will be held at the @Bristol Science Centre in Bristol, starting at 2pm and finishing at 6pm.

To register for UX by SW, email fuel4@channel4.com

Fuel4: Multiplatform Fiction

Our next Fuel4 event will be in London on Tuesday October 23rd. Called Multiplatform Fiction, the keynote will be given by Asif Kapadia who is writer/director of dramas and documentary SENNA.

It will bring together the UK’s top drama producers and digital creatives to discuss the challenges and successes in fictional storytelling across multiple platforms. You’ll also hear from Channel 4 digital commissioning editors Anna Higgs, commissioning executive for Film 4.0 and Hilary Perkins, multiplatform drama commissioning editor.

Starting at 12.30pm and running to 6pm, this event is by invite only, for TV & Film producers and multiplatform specialists to collaborate and break new ground in storytelling.

This event was originally scheduled to take place in Salford in September, however due to unforeseen logistical issues, we’ve had to move the date and location.

You can register your or a team members interest at fuel4@channel4.com

To hear more about our previous fuel 4 events read our Storify, or join Channel 4 Online’s twitter for updates.

Fuel 4 producer placements announced

Channel 4 today announced the nine successful applicants to Fuel 4’s producer placement programme. The programme was announced in May 2012 and aims to encourage companies to develop ideas from any television genre which work across multiple platforms or formats.

These ideas will be pitched to Channel 4 at the end of the 20 day placements and will be owned by the individual companies.

Chanel 4 Online will embed TV development producers within the following companies: global digital ideas and innovation company AKQA; Brighton based interactive arts specialists Blast Theory; London technology design company, Digit; Leamington Spa based creative digital agency and games producer Fish in a Bottle and London based games start-up Inensu.

In addition, multiplatform executive producers will be embedded within TV production companies Twenty Twenty, Quicksilver Media, Betty and Dragonfly.

The application process saw a total of 63 companies apply; 26 digital companies and 37 TV companies. Channel 4’s ambition was originally to provide eight placements but the impressive level of response lead to an additional opportunity being created.

Fuel 4 is Channel 4’s events programme for the creative community announced in December 2011, aiming to share knowledge and understanding of how technology is changing TV.

Jen Topping, Business Manager for Channel 4 Online said “We were overwhelmed with the fantastic responses to these producer placements. We attracted a wide range of companies, across all TV genres and from across the country.

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Summer Briefing 2012
Our summer briefing was held on June 28th at our Horseferry Road offices in London. This time, we are asking for ideas across four commissioning areas: multiplatform; convergent formats; games; commercial brands.
Below is a set of briefing notes explaining what we are looking for in each area, plus some guidelines on the practicalities of how to submit your ideas. 
Summer Briefing Notes
This briefing round we will be using Channel 4’s 4Producers website to receive ideas. It enables you to submit ideas and us respond to you, all trackable via the system. 
To be able to submit us your ideas, you need to register your company here 4Producer registration and login page.  
This round, we aren’t going to limit the number of ideas you can send in, however we recommend focusing on between one and four ideas, as this hopefully means you can pitch your favourite concepts and we can get back to you more quickly.
The closing date for ideas is August 3rd at midnight.

Summer Briefing 2012

Our summer briefing was held on June 28th at our Horseferry Road offices in London. This time, we are asking for ideas across four commissioning areas: multiplatform; convergent formats; games; commercial brands.

Below is a set of briefing notes explaining what we are looking for in each area, plus some guidelines on the practicalities of how to submit your ideas.

This briefing round we will be using Channel 4’s 4Producers website to receive ideas. It enables you to submit ideas and us respond to you, all trackable via the system.

To be able to submit us your ideas, you need to register your company here 4Producer registration and login page

This round, we aren’t going to limit the number of ideas you can send in, however we recommend focusing on between one and four ideas, as this hopefully means you can pitch your favourite concepts and we can get back to you more quickly.

The closing date for ideas is August 3rd at midnight.