Online TV service sees viewership rise 130%

Irish-owned online television service AerTV has reported a 130% year-on-year increase in customer usage for the first quarter of this year.

The service — which was launched 18 months ago — attracted 500,000 unique visits during the first three months of the year, with over 25 million minutes of television being consumed.

The ComReg-regulated service is Ireland’s only free alternative to Saorview, where viewers can watch all the Irish channels online free on their PC, tablet or smartphone.

According to AerTV’s director Philippe Brodeur: “AerTV is now Ireland’s favourite place to watch TV online and these figures prove that.

“Online television is becoming increasingly the medium of choice for Irish viewers. Globally, it is estimated that by 2017, 2bn people will be watching TV and video on their smartphones and tablets. AerTV is at the forefront of this revolution.

“We intend to continue our growth, offering our customers even more exciting new content and channels. Our mission is to offer consumers the TV they want, when they want it and where they want it“.

AerTV — which is powered by Magnet.ie — shows shifting trends in the consumption of online TV with people choosing to cut the cord on their cable/ satellite services.

The online TV platform offers all of the Irish terrestrial channels free on its basic package with access to additional premium channels, including the BBC channels, on AerTV Plus for €5.99 per month.


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