The UK’s Channel 4 and its streaming counterpart Channel 4 on Demand (4oD) are legendary channels for cutting-edge UK comedies with a propensity towards adding new and interesting content. Some of these programs like Peep Show have become cult classics in their own right, while newer shows like Live From Space show the increased variety of what Channel 4 continues to offer its viewers.
Let’s take a look at some of the other more interesting shows coming to 4oD in early 2014.
Upcoming Shows/New Seasons on 4oD
Live From Space – A true can’t-miss television event. Framestore, a British VFX company that just won at the Academy Awards for their work on Gravity, helmed this program designed to get involved with astronauts in ways never before seen on camera. Suffice to say, this jaw-dropping series is waiting to be watched in HD.
Strippers – As its title suggests, Strippers isn’t exactly suited for the whole family. The show’s creators set upon a different Scottish strip club week to week and interview as many people as possible, in an attempt to learn more about the lifestyles of those involved in this trade. The title figures in Strippers differ from episode to episode but include a former gold-medal winning gymnast, a nurse, and an arts student trying to fund her master’s degree. Fascinating stuff.
Peep Show – If you have just finished binge-watching a comedy and looking for something new to fill the void, Peep Show should be top of your list. Already eight seasons in, this award-winning sitcom chronicles the lives of Mark and Jez, two flatmates who manage the transition from their twenties to their thirties with varying degrees of success and plenty of awkward comedic moments.
One Born Every Minute – The show that exists at the intersection between chaos and sweetness: One Born Every Minute is a documentary series takes place in a maternity ward and, as you can imagine, there are equal parts drama (i.e. labor, c-sections, and various complications) and poignancy (the happiness of these parents experiencing the arrival of their children into the world). One Born Every Minute is filmed with an elaborate camera set-up that allows for the most perspectives possible in these very intense situations. The show is set to begins its 5th series in March.
Access 4oD Abroad With A VPN
As mentioned in FlashRouters’ previous 4od article, accessing 4oD is only something those in the UK can do. So if you’re a UK-expat living in the states or elsewhere, maybe you’re a TV Anglophile curious about these new shows on 4oD, or you’re just getting homesick for The Inbetweeners, we want to make sure you can access 4oD abroad with ease.
Enter VPN services. VPN services, or Virtual Private Network services, are subscription-based services that are designed to boost user’s online protection. Logging into a VPN means that all of your online information is tunneled through secure servers set up all over the world. This keeps your sensitive information – like credit card numbers and private e-mails – are kept away from the prying eyes of snooping governments, hackers, and identity thieves.
Better still, using a VPN allows you to access geographically restricted material from anywhere in the world. When you log into your VPN provider, you’re allowed to choose the location of your network, which means you get assigned a new IP address. This effectively tricks your computer into thinking it’s somewhere that it’s not.
So if you want your computer to think it’s in England or Scotland or Wales, just pick a UK-based server, and you’ll be able to access 4oD abroad on your laptop, tablet, phone, etc. before you know it!
Popular VPN services for UK IP addresses include IPVanish, NordVPN, PrivateInternetAccess, and ExpressVPN. If you want to get a better look at some of the best VPN service providers around, we recommend checking out our official supported provider list.
Access 4oD Abroad On Roku
What’s a FlashRouter, you might be asking? Why don’t we show you!
FlashRouters takes already powerful routers and supercharges them by replacing their stock firmware with DD-WRT or Tomato. These replacement firmwares do many things including increase a router’s speed, power, and versatility. A DD-WRT or Tomato router allows you to access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (particularly useful for streaming HD video).
And the benefits keep on coming. Customers that are subscribed to any VPN on our official provider list can have their VPN account pre-installed on their router, saving them the trouble of dealing with the tricky VPN installation process. You can even hold on to your old router and use our popular dual router setup to switch back and forth between your local network and your VPN, so you could use a UK IP on your VPN to access 4oD abroad and go about your everyday business on your local network.
FlashRouters range from inexpensive and perfectly suited to access 40D abroad (like the Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato and the Netgear WNR3500L v2) to major networking beasts that can handle any amount of traffic you throw at it (like the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Nighthawk and the Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 Tomato). To research our full range of VPN ready routers products, check out our best-sellers from 2013.