Eircom unveils ‘eVision’ TV service
Company becomes the first to offer quadplay services to Irish consumers
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte (right) with Eircom chief executive Herb Hribar at the launch today of eircom’s new TV service, eVision. Photograph: Tony Maxwell
Herb Hribar chief executive of Eircom, said irish consumers are paying too much for TV. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times
The eVision service is being offered to customers over Eircom’s efibre network, a next generation broadband service that currently passes about 500,000 homes around the country. That figure is expected to rise to one million by June.
The basic service offers 34 channels, including RTE, TV3 and BBC, with a second tier package with 54 chanels, and additional packages available for sports and movies channels. Prices start from €10 for the TV add-on, although Eircom’s e-fibre will add at least €45 per month to that total for regular customers.
Eircom is offering the service free for the first six months to both new and existing customers, with a free set top box and free engineer installation. The box also includes the ability to record up to 240 hours of programmes.
“I think it establishes a new position for Eircom,” said chief executive Herb Hribar. “We’ve really tried to listen to customers.”
The service also offers HD and multiroom options, although using tablets to view programmes and on-demand services are coming further down the line.
The move means Eircom now offers both mobile and fixed line services to customers, along with broadband and TV, completing the so-called quad-play package.