Irish cable TV, broadband and voice telephony provider UPC Ireland has unveiled a next generation TV service, Horizon TV, as the company looks to take on all comers in a competitive domestic market – especially Sky. The cableco, which is owned by US-based Liberty Global Inc (LGI), says the new digital TV platform is a revamp of its existing TV offering, and also allows customers to gain access to its content via more devices – such as smartphones and tablets. Bundled with the operator’s standard 100Mbps broadband service plan, Horizon TV subscribers will be able to record up to four programmes simultaneously while watching a fifth, while their TV can also be used as a web browser, it said. Further, UPC says that customers can also upgrade their 100Mbps connection to a premium 150Mbps line, or downgrade to its 50Mbps offer, if needed.
The Ireland launch marks the third market to receive Horizon TV, after LGI unveiled similar services in the Netherlands and Switzerland recently.