UPC Ireland is to introduce a digital video recorder for its customers in July. The Thomson-manufactured unit will have a storage capacity of 160GB – equating to around 80 hours of recording time. The unit, which features the OpenTV middleware, carries the regular DVR features including live pause and series link.
There are also plans for an HD box that will be manufactured by Philips and a video on demand service, both of which are likely to launch before the end of the year.
Although UPC Ireland now controls the majority of cable services in the Republic, it still uses the NTL and Chorus brand names. The company has 594,100 TV customers of which 210,800 are digital.