Horizon for Ireland

Liberty Global has launched its Horizon set-top for UPC Ireland. Mark Coan, vice-president sales and marketing of UPC Ireland, said that with the introduction of Horizon it was “taking television to the next level.” The service is designed to offer TV, broadband and phone services in one box, with 100Mb broadband as standard as part of the Horizon Essential Bundle.

UPC Ireland launched the set-top box enabled by its investment of over €0.5 billion in its fibre network. Horizon allows users to record up to four programmes simultaneously while watching a fifth, and to access their TV service across different devices like smartphones and tablets.  A bundle that includes HD channels as standard, recording for up to four channels simultaneously and 100 Mbps broadband for €50 per month.

Other features of the service include programme suggestions based on users’ viewing habits, the inclusion of 19 HD channels as standard from broadcasters including RTE, TG4, Sky and the BBC, and the availability of 27 Horizon apps at launch including those from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

UPC first introduced an Irish Horizon TV App and Horizon TV Online service, offering access to 45 channels across multiple devices in the home, back in April. Horizon TV is already live in two European markets and had more than 270,000 subscribers as of the end of July – 185,000 in the Netherlands and 85,000 in Switzerland.

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