It seems that the best way for Irish people to access the main UK free-to-air channels is via Freesat or if they want subscription too then Sky. It must be hard for homes which are pure cable, as I never realised how restricted their choice of channels would be.
Freesat, which I have, provides all the UK channels and more, with a proper EPG
, whereas you have to tune in all the ITV and Channel 5 channels if you have Sky, meaning you can't record any of their content, but at least you do have access, unlike those with Virgin Media, Eir TV or Vodafone TV.
I wonder why the two broadband providers Eir and Vodafone never bothered to provide the ITV channels on their platform, surely they could have arranged a carriage deal?
It still amazes me how widespread cable television was in Ireland. I also read that in many areas without cable, UHF transmitters called "deflectors" would rebroadcast the four main UK channels, via a voluntary annual subscription - WOW!
So, this meant for example, people in County Cork, by the time I was born in 1985, could receive the four main UK channels either in cable or through the air via a simple UHF aerial and voluntary payment - the Cork people must have been very happy with that arrangement.