Irish incumbent telecoms service provider Eircom is ramping up its nationwide launch of its new eVision IPTV service, which allows residential users to benefit from quad-play TV, broadband internet, and fixed and mobile telephony packages. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October this year the PTO launched the new fibre-based television service in direct competition to Sky and UPC Ireland. At that date ‘eVision’ went live to some 450,000 households within its current operational footprint. Commenting on the latest service expansion, David Thatcher, TV director of television at Eircom, said: ‘eVision brings Irish consumers a great value option for their television service’. The company is using SeaChange’s Adrenalin Web-centric platform to support the launch.
Available in two basic flavours – a 34 channel and 54 channel bouquet – eVision users can take advantage of incremental bolt-on channels of premium content from the likes of Sky (e.g. Sky Sports and Sky Movies). Eircom is offering existing ‘eFibre’ broadband subscribers the chance to take eVision for an additional EUR10 (USD13.5) per month on their current bill, which includes a free set-top box capable of pausing live TV and recording up to 240 hours of programmes. New users will need to sign up to an Eircom landline to start taking the service, with the firm saying it hopes to expand its FTTx coverage to 1.2 million homes across the country by 2015.