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A guide to digital TV services

Studies show that on average we watch around four hours of TV a day. It’s little wonder then that we can soon tire of what’s to offer on the same old free to view TV channels. If you’re looking for more variety in your TV viewing, then subscription TV providers could be the answer.

The benefits of paying for TV

The main benefit of paying for digital TV packages is that you can get a lot more choice in channels and shows than those offered on standard free to air TV. Digital TV providers offer a wide range of different packages which are geared towards different viewing tastes, whether that is movies, sports, documentaries or child friendly programs. You can then tailor packages, picking and choosing from different add ons, to suit your interests.

Additional benefits to paid for packages include the inclusion of a set top box. These boxes have come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years, allowing you to record an entire television series at the touch of a button or pause and rewind live TV. These set top boxes also come with large hard drives which can allow you to record hundreds of hours of TV programs and movies.

You should also consider that subscription TV providers such as Sky TV often secure exclusives to exciting new TV shows and big sporting events, which would not be available on free TV channels.

Things to consider

The main drawback to this, of course, is the cost. Packages can vary in price depending on the type of package and the number of channels you want. Additionally, some packages will be bundled up with phone and broadband services, which can increase the cost further. Finally, you should also remember that once you sign up for a service you will be tied into a contract for a minimum of 12 months.

Providers to look into

In Ireland, there are three main providers of paid for TV. They are Virgin Media TV, who offer a cable TV service, Sky TV, who offer satellite TV and eir’s TV service, eir Vision. eir’s TV service is the newest kid on the block in terms of TV providers in Ireland.

Other alternatives

If being tied into a contract and committing to a monthly cost isn’t for you, then there are other services available, such as Netflix, which allow you to stream movies and TV episodes to your TV or laptop via the internet. These services allow for flexible, monthly contracts that can be cancelled at any time.

In short, we’ve never been more spoilt for choice when it comes to TV. If you’re interested in the latest films and sporting events, then premium priced subscription TV packages might be the best choice for you. If you simply want a little more viewing choice on your box, then more modestly priced subscriptions or contract free services might be more suited to your pocket.

You can compare the different types of digital TV packages on Switcher.ie today.