In the 70s as a kid, we had an aerial on the side of the house and about eight or nine channels, including the BBCs and variations on HTV and Ulster.
Good reception here in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.
In the late 70s we were told by the Corpo to remove the aerials, as they were eyesores. My choice now is to re-affix an aerial to my house (is this now legal?) pay for it and the guy who attaches it. Next, re-cable the house and then buy Saorview. I had UPC, but we could not get good reception on Channel 4 with no Ceefax or Aertel, etc.
That was €50 a month for a tiny pulse down a fibre optic tube and we still had not got a complete, basic analogue service. Now I will not pay for an aerial to watch Tubridy be a toadying mirror to intellectual giants like Michelle Heaton or have bar singer Cian tell some poor vunerable whether they can sing or not.
And worse, put up with hundreds of poor Canadian made-for-TV-movies, masquerading as “premieres” on RTE, when RTE could show classics.
This is a naked marketing ploy to gain more revenue and data by Europe and the EU lackeys here.
I feel really sorry for bewildered pensioners who have to respond to this kind of robbing crap or pay €50 a month to Murdoch or UPC ad infinitum.
Still, I have the papers, radio and the internet to entertain me.
Alexander P Lyons