Free Digital TV viewers on the Increase
TV audience measurement body TAM Ireland said the number of Irish homes with Freesat — a free satellite-based service offering most of the major UK channels — as their primary source of TV reception stood at 170,000 just before Christmas.
The number had increased from 124,000 in early 2010.
“As people are sizing up their options in the build-up to the official analogue switch-off in October this year it is expected to grow further,” TAM Ireland said.
Sales of Saorview-approved digital TVs — which can receive TV3 and RTE’s digital stations — exceeded 67,000 in 2011, while another 8,000 consumers purchased Saorview approved set-top boxes to receive Irish channels on existing TVs.
To have the Irish channels and UK Channels for free you need an aerial and a dish currently. Soarview via Satellite will be available soon but is unlikely to have TV3 and 3E. However “Freesat HD” has all the ITV channels.