Channel Five first to offer programme downloads

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OK, so illegal copies of TV shows have been floating around the internet for quite a while now, but at last some marketing genius at UK TV station Channel 5 has realised that it might be possible to legalise it, package it and flog it. For as of Monday, fans of the motoring show 5th Gear will have the opportunity to download content to their PCs for a fee of £1.50.
This is apparently the first time a UK TV station has offered a download of one of its current programmes.
So what’s next? With a little luck soon we’ll be able to catch up on missed episodes of 24, check old Neighbours story lines, and maybe even watch archived Countdown footage all day. Here’s hoping.

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