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Thursday 19 October 2017

Aerial won't be enough for an unfortunate few

A SMALL MINORITY of households in county Wexford will have to fork out in excess of €300 to keep their Irish TV channels following the switching off of the analogue signal tomorrow ( Wednesday).

A map of availability on the Saorview website shows that the digital signal is available through an ordinary rooftop aerial and set-top box (if necessary for an older TV) to approximately 98 per cent of the county.

However, small number of houses will not be able to pick up a signal in areas including Kerlogue, Bree, Oulart, Tara Hill and Kilanerin.

The roughly two per cent of people in these areas are being advised to get Saorsat, which is an infill free-to-air satellite television service. This involves the installation of a new satellite dish or re-alignment of an existing one, as well as additional equipment, which must be installed by a qualified technician. The estimated cost is €325.

The other option for people living in these areas would be to sign a contract with a satellite company such as Sky and pay a monthly fee. Anyone who is currently a Sky customer will not be affected by the switch-over.

Further information on all aspects of Saorview is available online at www.saorview.ie

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