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UPC launches new on-demand service

IT'S good news for couch potatoes as homes across Ireland will soon be able to choose from thousands of hours of TV shows and movies on demand in their living room.

Cable giant UPC yesterday launched a service that gives its TV subscribers access to RTE and TV3's "catch-up TV", as well as new movies and dozens of full box sets of popular shows.

The new service will be available from Friday to the estimated one-third of Dublin homes who are UPC customers.

On-Demand TV will rolled out across the country on a phased basis with 600,000 homes across Ireland expected to be connected by September.

Current digital TV customers will not have to buy any extra equipment to avail of the service, which will appear in the "on demand" section of the UPC television menu.

However, subscribers to UPC's basic TV package of €24.50 a month will get access only to the RTE Player and 3 Player, which are usually available only on the internet.

Customers on more expensive packages can also view episodes from TV series such as 'The Good Wife' and 'Dexter'.

All customers will be able to rent some of the latest film releases or older hits and the charge will be added to your regular bill. New movies cost €5 and it's €2 for older movies.

The service is unique in Ireland because many similar offerings require an internet connection and a separate set-top box.

Irish Independent