Ireland has become the third European country to receive Liberty Global’s Horizon service, following a €0.5 billion investment in the local fibre network by operator UPC Ireland.
Horizon’ set-top box and multi-screen platform allows users to record up to four programmes simultaneously while watching a fifth, and to access their TV service across different devices like smartphones and tablets. The box has a built-in wi-fi radio.
An introductory €50 monthly bundle includes 19 HD channels as standard, recording for up to four channels simultaneously while watching a fifth, and 100 Mbps broadband, as well as access to the TV service across devices like smartphones and tablets. The bundle includes free evening and weekend calls to local and national landlines, as well as 21 international destinations.
UPC Ireland vice-president sales and marketing Mark Coan said the introduction of Horizon was “taking television to the next level” in the republic. The service will offer TV, broadband and phone services in one box, with 100Mb broadband as standard in its Horizon Essential Bundle.
Other features of the service include programme suggestions based on users’ viewing habits, the inclusion of 19 HD channels as standard from broadcasters including RTE, TG4, Sky and the BBC, and 27 Horizon apps at launch including those from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Horizon TV is already live in two European markets, with 185,000 subscribers in the Netherlands and 85,000 in Switzerland. Liberty Global launched the service in Ireland in April, and has been testing it since.