Belfield FM Ireland
Written by on May 9, 2017
There has been a lot of talk about the legality of the various ways to receive TV channels be it on an android device or what is known as a dreambox but is it just slow news or is there something to it? We had a chat with the owner of Dreambox Ireland to see what all the fuss is about. There are various ways to get TV in Ireland at the moment. There is your traditional state and Irish channels that are free to air including RTE 1, 2, TV3, 3E and TG4 and then there are the premium subscription services such as Sky and Virgin.
Along with that there is freesat which is primarily UK channels that are available to get here in Ireland. With freesat you are getting over 150 channels such as More4, BBC, ITV, Film4 and many many others. These channels are completely free to receive and all you need to get them is a satellite dish and a freesat box. You can also get what is known as a combo box which will receive all of the freesat UK channels and the Irish channels and these are very popular in Ireland now. An android box on the other hand can be used to illegally stream subscription only channels and this is what is causing trouble but freesat and saorview are 100% legal and always will be. This is what you pay your TV license for after all.
The only issue is when you use something like an android device to illegally stream premium channels. This is illegal and a rule was recently passed in EU court making this illegal. So if you do not want to pay expensive subscription services then pick up a freesat box or a combo box if you want the Irish channels and you will have no monthly bills and you are 100% legal for it.