Before the advent of digital TV came about in Ireland, viewers had a limited number of channels to choose from. With advancements in satellite technology and digital TV, came a much broader choice of channels and a wider range of new and exciting ways to view TV content.

Digital TV packages are essentially groups of digital, cable, satellite and IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) channels offered by TV providers, usually for a fixed monthly subscription fee.

Today you can get a wide selection of different TV packages to suit all tastes, while TV providers have also begun bundling their services with broadband packages and other services to give consumers more value for their money.

Top digital TV package providers

In Ireland the two main providers of paid digital tv services are Sky and UPC. Below we will take a closer look at the different types of TV packages on offer from each provider.

Sky

The main digital TV packages from Sky are Entertainment, Entertainment Extra, Movies, Sports and the HD Pack. Each incorporates a wide selection of channels from an assortment of genres.

Sky cater for some great value additional services such as Sky On Demand and Sky Go which are available at no extra cost with all Sky digital TV packages. Sky’s Multiroom option is also great, as it allows you to enjoy Sky channels in different rooms in the same household at the same time.

Sky also offers a wide range of triple play bundles that come with multiple TV packages and additional incentives,such as free weekend calls and unlimited broadband to name a few.

UPC

UPC digital TV packages come in 3 different standard forms, Digital Value+, Digital Select Extra and Digital Max.

UPC provides stunning digital TV with up to 187 channels & 13 HD channels available. With UPC On Demand you can pause and rewind live TV at the touch of a button and get exclusive access to huge library of On Demand TV with movies, box sets and kids TV all accessible with their state of the art On Demand service.

Sky Sports and Sky Movies as well as additional HD channels are also available to add onto any UPC digital TV package.

UPC customers can also enjoy all their favourite programmes with Horizon TV, which allows viewers to watch and record TV via computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

TV packages & different genres

To simplify the huge choice of channels available, providers have grouped the channels together, often by genre, so it is easier to select what is most suitable for you, be it children's programmes, music channels, documentaries, sports, real life or a general entertainment mix.

The choice of digital TV packages on offer from Sky and UPC are both many and varied. Some are genre-specific, such as Sky Movies, which gives access to a number of film channels, showing a wide mixture of films including the latest blockbusters.

Other very popular TV packages include Sky Sports, where live football, cricket, rugby and F1 can be viewed, along with other popular sports. UPC and Sky allow you to pick and choose whatever packages you might like to tailor to suit your own individual needs.

You can also add on extras such as a HD packages, to generally improve your all-round viewing experience by giving you access to popular TV channels in stunning high definition.

TV and broadband bundles

The choice is yours - to either combine TV packages, or to simply just pick one. Combining a digital TV package with extra services such as broadband or a home phone package can be a great way to save on money, by consolidating your household bills into one.

By picking a TV and broadband bundle you’ll be paying fewer bills and potentially saving hundreds of euros a year.

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