Tuesday 6 December 2016

Free-to-air service that pushes all the right buttons

Published 20/05/2010 | 05:00

DAVID Burns, from Malahide in Co Dublin, used to subscribe to a cable TV service from Chorus (now UPC) for a number of years at a cost of €300 a year.

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While the Chorus service worked fine, he was not happy with the company's customer service.

He considered getting a satellite TV subscription package from Sky, but after some thought, he decided to go down a slightly less conventional route to getting multi-channel TV.

"I'd done some research into free-to-air satellite service and knew that it was, in effect, a one-off cost," he said.

"I felt that with a young family there were plenty of channels to choose from."

He opted for a package comprising a free-to-air satellite system along with a new aerial to get the Irish terrestrial channels from Dublin-based satellite TV specialist store Satellite.ie, who also installed it.

The total cost came to €600. Compared to the annual €300 cost of his old cable TV service, the new system will pay for itself in two years and will save David hundreds of euro in the long run.

David is very pleased with the service. "Initially I was concerned about the lack of sport on free to air but with more sport now available on terrestrial and BBC/ITV, there is very little that you can't get via free to air," he said.

Irish Independent

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