Windmill TV Access
Introduction to Windmill TV
This means each apartment now has the following TV options:
Sky TV Ireland: Access to a variety of Sky TV packages bundling free and premium TV channels; installation is free, but a monthly subscription charge applies.
Virgin Media Cable: Access to Virgin's cable TV service for a monthly subscription charge (if are an existing subscriber and don't wish to change, the new alternatives won't affect you).
Pricing for Saorview / Freesat
The prices listed below are for the initial installation. There is no monthly charge - all channels remain freely available indefinitely.
A ‘point’ is a wall socket with one Saorview and one Satellite connection socket
Pricing for Sky TV
How do I get connected?
Sky Ireland - (0818) 762 888
to arrange installation. You should give your address as "Apt xx, The Windmill, Lime Street, Dublin 2". A Sky engineer will call out within seven days to connect you to our shared satellite dish.
To schedule a Saorview/Freesat installation, please contact Greg Kinsella at Armstrong Electronics:
Armstrong Electronics - (01) 450 9480
Most installation work is carried out by Kevin McGill. If you have a scheduled installation and need to contact Kevin, his mobile is (086) 814 6641.
What channels can I receive?
On Freesat, you can receive BBC1-4, ITV1-4, Channel 4, Channel 5, E4, More4, BBC News, and an assortment of other UK satellite channels, along with most UK radio stations. A full list is here.
With Sky TV, your channel selection depends on your subscription package; it typically includes most of the channels listed above plus a variety of premium channels. See Sky's Irish website for a full channel list.
What's the difference between approved and non-approved Saorview boxes?
The non-approved receivers can receive all current Saorview TV channels but may have more limited electronic program guide information. These are often labelled Saorview-compatible rather than Saorview-approved.
It is legal to connect either type of box to the Saorview service.
Can my TV receive Saorview / Freesat without a separate box?
Some advanced TVs can receive both Saorview and Freesat channels without a separate box. If yours is one of these, it will be clearly described in the manual. Again, in this case, you would only require a wall point to be installed.
If I install Saorview / Freesat now, can I subscribe to Sky later on?
If I subscribe to Sky now, can I switch to Saorview / Freesat later on?
Can I subscribe to Virgin Media and also access Saorview/Freesat channels?
Alternatively, the installation engineer could install a second run of co-ax cable from the hall to the living room, though this would be surface-mounted. You should speak directly to the installation engineer to establish pricing, since the layout of each apartment can vary.
If you use Virgin Media for broadband Internet only, the above information still applies since Virgin's broadband uses the same cable as their TV service.
Can I use my own set-top box?
If you don't already have a set-top box, however, the installation pricing offered by our agent is competitive and convenient.
Will I receive hi-definition channels on Saroview and Freesat?
Most TVs sold in the last few years are fully high-definition compatible. As long as you use a modern HDMI cable to connect the TV to your set-top box (or use the TV's own decoder), you will be able to view channels in the highest definition possible.
Some low-to-mid range TVs, especially older models, claim to be "hi-def ready". This usually means a picture resolution of 1366 x 720 pixels, which is good but not as good as full high-definition at 1920 x 1080 pixels. In that case, the picture will be sized to fit your TV screen.
If you have an older TV that does not support high-definition, the set-top box will resize the picture accordingly. In that case, you can connect to the box using a standard SCART cable and picture quality will be similar to what you have seen in the past, though probably a little clearer.
Regardless of the type of TV you have, you will be able to view all TV and radio channels available through Saorview and Freesat.
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