eircom launches eVision TV service

October 16, 2013 13.00 Europe/London By Robert Briel

130516_M1_011mx-200x150Former incumbent eircom is launching its fibre IPTV service positioning eVision TV as a low-cost alternative to Sky and UPC.

The new TV service is priced at €10 per month offering a range of the most popular channels in Ireland “at significantly lower prices than the competition.” The new service will compete with Sky’s DTH platform and with UPC cable.

The offer includes HD Channels, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Setanta Sports. Add-on channel packs are available with only a one month commitment and no downgrade fees. Customers can also watch all their eVision channels in a second or third room with Multiroom boxes for an additional fee of €5 per month per room.

The eVision Essential Pack offers customers 34 channels, including all the Irish channels, BBC, Channel Four, Discovery Channel, GOLD, Setanta Ireland, MTV, Film 4 and many more, for €10 per month. All customers who sign up to eVision before December 31 will receive the first six months of Essential pack free of charge. The new TV service will be delivered through eFibre, eircom’s superfast fibre broadband service.

eVision comes with a free eVision+ set-top box and includes features such as the ability to pause and rewind live TV, ability to record two channels at the same time and up to 240 hours of recording space and one touch record. The service has an on-screen guide and will be installed free by specially trained eVision technicians

“eVision is a game changer for eircom. Consumers in Ireland are paying too much for TV. We are changing that by delivering the most attractive offer in the market,” said Herb Hribar, CEO, eircom Group, in a statement

“We’ve listened to our customers and we are giving them exactly what they are looking for – a great value viewing experience. This is just one more example of eircom delivering on its commitment to enable the ‘always on experience’ with great content, superfast fibre broadband at home, 4G and wireless hotspots on the move. No other company can deliver on this promise.”

Kevin White, managing director, eircom consumer, said “eVision will fundamentally change the television landscape in Ireland; offering all consumers an exciting new TV service at an unprecedented price – representing not just real choice, but real value for money, for the very first time. eircom is the only provider in the country now offering great value TV as part of our “quad play” customer bundles, enabling consumers to get all their entertainment and telecommunications needs in one place- landline, broadband, mobile phone and television.

“eVision is a huge milestone not just for eircom, but for Irish consumers. Our eVision team know what Irish people love and what they want from their television. Our eVision offering delivers just that – giving consumers the television they want, when they want, how they want and now at a price they want.” he concluded.

The service will only be available to Eircom eFibre customers. At the moment some 50,000 irish homes can receive the service, but that this will rise to 1.2m by 2015.

(Picture shows well known personality Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and Kevin White, managing director, Consumer, eircom, at the launch of eircom’s new fibre network)