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Saorview Connect - a worthy alternative to your expensive TV package?

Robyn Hamilton

Robyn Hamilton

Staff Writer

Do you find yourself paying for an expensive TV package year after year when in reality you only regularly watch a handful of channels at best? Saorview Connect could be the solution to your needs.

Is it just me, or do you find that when you’re not catching up on pre-recorded TV or bingeing on series via the likes of Netflix and NOW TV, you’re sticking steadfastly to those scant few channels that actually broadcast anything half-decent?

Well, apparently quite a lot of you identify. According to an Irish Times Pricewatch poll in 2016, over 70% of respondents said they watched between just one and 10 TV channels per week, where only 6% said they watched more than 10 different channels a week.

And yet, many of us continue to fork out €300+ a year on channel-bloated (not to mention long) TV contracts which offer us very little return on investment beyond those previously mentioned few quality mainstay channels that we’ll return to on a semi-regular basis.

What’s the solution?

One option is to simply cut the cord by ditching your TV contract altogether and move all of your TV watching online, but what if there was a way to wave goodbye to monthly TV bills but still enjoy a live TV service?

Saorview Connect, the latest service from Saorview reckons it has the power to meet all your TV watching needs.

What is Saorview Connect?

Saorview Connect is a contractless digital TV service that offers customers permanent, free access to live TV for an initial one-off equipment fee.

Via a device called the Powerpoint Box, customers can access Saorview Connect to enjoy the easy-to-use functionality of most paid TV platforms, for free.  

How can I access Saorview Connect?

To access Saorview Connect you need to purchase a Powerpoint Box and connect to an aerial. If you already have an old Saorview Box you can simply replace it with the new Powerpoint Box.

What do I get with the Powerpoint Box and Saorview Connect?

Once you purchase your Powerpoint Box and connect it to an existing aerial you’ll get access to Irish TV channels including RTE 1 HD, RTE 2 HD, TV3, TG4, 3e, be3, RTE Junior, RTE 1 +1, RTE News Now, and Oireachtas TV.

You can also connect the Powerpoint Box to your home’s broadband to get access to online on-demand players like the RTE Player, TV3 Player and TG4 Player.

Additionally, if you connect to a satellite dish or your existing dish, Saorview claims you’ll also get access to 100 additional free channels such as BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4, E4, Film 4, ITV2,3 & 4, Channel 5 among others. Saorview advises to ask your local retailer or installer to arrange this for you.

How much does Saorview Connect cost?

Saorview Connect is free to use, however the Powerpoint Box used to access it costs €199.99.

Where can I purchase a Powerpoint Box to access Saorview Connect?

The Powerpoint Box for Saorview Connect is available in all good electrical retail stores throughout the country, such as; Powercity, DID Electrical, Expert Electric, Soundstore, Electrocity and Curry’s.

Should I get Saorview Connect?

As with any product or service, Saorview Connect has its pros and cons. Here are a few to consider:

Saorview Connect Pros:

  • No monthly bills

  • No long contract

  • Easy-to-use 7 day TV guide and roll back function to catch up on all your favourites.

  • Access to on-demand players

  • State of the art box that will keep pace with new features planned for Saorview Connect. Upgrades will happen seamlessly via your broadband connection. From mid-2018 the smart Powerpoint Box will be automatically upgraded to allow for recording of programmes.

Saorview Connect Cons:

  • Initial Powerpoint Box fee is costly enough (€199.99)

  • Limited channel offering

  • Additional cost of a satellite and installation if you want access to more channels outside of limited Irish offering

Always consider all of your options

Having considered this list the most obvious benefit to anyone considering Saorview Connect is undoubtedly the considerable long-term savings you’ll make year after year following the initial Powerpoint Box cost.

The savings come at the cost of extra channels but little else compared to traditional paid TV packages it would seem.

Whether this sounds like a good deal or not will, of course, come down to the individual’s usage patterns and personal preferences.

As always here at, we recommend thoroughly scoping out all of the available options to you before making any definitive suggestions.

For instance, we recently did the maths and discovered that you can save over €500 in a year by ditching your tripleplay bundle in favour of online streaming.

It’s also worth considering that many TV providers offer appealing sign-up offers too. For example, Sky is currently offering a free 32 inch LG TV to new TV customers and eir offers free access to eir Sport to all of its TV customers.

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