Saturday 17 February 2018

Why I switched: 'People love the idea of just a one-off payment and no bills'

Robbie Power saves hundreds using free-to-air services
Robbie Power saves hundreds using free-to-air services

Robbie Power ditched TV bills four years ago and says he’d never go back.

The Dubliner who lives in Howth with his partner Eugene Gillies says he has over 100 channels including all the RTE stations, BBC, ITVs and Channel 4 as well as film channels such as Film4 and dozens of others.

And there’s no monthly bill for this — he got free TV installed four years ago through a local installer at for a few hundred euro using Saorview and freeview services.

Robbie did have Sky and NTL cable subscriptions in the past, but says he got sick of paying hundreds of euros a year for a service he didn’t need that much of.

“We’re not telly addicts or anything like that, we don’t want extra sports channels or anything so we have more than enough stations and the reception is very good,” he says.

The system had needed adjustment because of Saorview channel changes 18 months ago, but other than that there hadn’t been any disruption to service in four years regardless of weather conditions, he says.

The TV uses one set-top box, and they’re now planning to get an add-on box for about €100 with the capacity to record programmes as well.

“I’ve told loads of people about this system and I’ve seen a lot more getting it as they love the idea of a one-off payment and no more bills,” says Robbie.

He encouraged his mother to put in the free to air system last year as well and she’s also been very satisfied with the service.

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