UPC launches Horizon TV Android app

Horizon TV app is now available for download from the Google Play Store as well as the Apple Store

David Baker
by David Baker on 8th April, 2014

UPC Ireland has launched its popular Horizon TV App to the Android smartphone and tablet markets, available to download from the Google Play Store.

UPC customers can access the app from April 8 2014, enabling them to watch content from some of their favourite TV shows completely free of charge.

The app was previously only available online and on Apple iOS devices, although now the Horizon TV App  will be available on a further platform.

How it works

UPC digital TV customers can enjoy up to 50 channels with the live TV streaming function, including Irish and UK terrestrials such as BBC, ITV, Sky News and Sky Sports News.

The new app also allows UPC Ireland customers to view the TV guide, find personal suggestions and schedule remote recordings to their Digital+ or Horizon TV HD+ box.

This can be done while out and about, providing much more control for those with UPC digital TV and broadband packages.

Andy May, TV Product Development Manager of UPC Ireland, said the company was determined to bring the best television experiences to their customers.

“In recent years, TV viewing trends have changed with the introduction of mobile devices revolutionising how people enjoy the TV they love,” he said.

“Introducing the Horizon TV App for Android is the natural next step, as the popularity of the Android operating system continues to grow.”

Apple iOS and Android appeal

An Apple iOS version of the app was launched in April 2013, and now it supplies more than 400,000 video streams every month.

More than a quarter of those eligible UPC customers have chosen to download the app, highlighting its popularity to date.

As a platform, Android has grown rapidly in the past 12 months, and in Q3 2013 it outsold Apple iOS over 6 to 1 (according to Gartner Research). This latest move to make the app available on android devices should boost the appeal of the Horizon TV app amongst UPC subscribers.

The broadband, phone and TV provider now has more than 65,000 people subscribed to its Horizon TV package which aims to change the way people view TV.

Samsung, Sony, HTC, Motorola and Google android devices should carry the capability of working with the new app, although some hardware configuration might be required in certain cases.

You can compare latest Virgin Media digital TVdeals on Switcher.ie and take advantage of the Horizon TV app along with other UPC TV extras.