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Saorview launches the world’s first free shopping channel – Free TV.  And it’s free-ly good

23 January 2018

Today, Saorview announced the launch of Free TV, the ‘world’s first shopping channel where everything is free’. ‘Free TV’ is a once-off, online event designed to launch Saorview Connect, Saorview’s new premium quality free TV service which its creators have dubbed ‘The Future of Free TV’.

For those who overspent this Christmas, Free TV offers viewers the chance to win a range of nifty prizes ranging from HDTVs to tickets to the biggest gigs of the year. Kevin McGahern, of Republic of Telly fame, plays Free TV’s cheesy shopping channel host – complete with a garish suit pattern and an over-abundance of fake tan. The live broadcast is open to everyone and takes place on Saorview’s Facebook page ( on Thursday,  January 25th from 8:00pm.  


Saorview Connect

Saorview Connect offers a homegrown, premium quality TV experience, without the fuss of a contract or monthly bills. The on-demand service means viewers can catch their favourite shows when they want to. With just a click of their remote, users can access content from the last seven days – which means never missing an episode of First Dates again. With so much great telly, sometimes deciding on what to watch can be a struggle. Saorview Connect has you covered here too, with its Spotlight feature recommending the very best of the next 7 days TV handpicked by a team of telly watching experts. What’s more, the first Saorview Connect box also includes a satellite tuner, so you can connect it to a satellite dish to access additional free TV channels.


Saorview Connect has been designed to make viewers’ experience as seamless as possible – from the search function to find your favourite shows quickly to the unified remote that means fiddling with two remotes is a thing of the past.


Speaking about the launch of Saorview Connect, Richard Waghorn, RTÉ’s Director of Transformation and Technology, said: “Saorview Connect is our most premium free TV offering yet. The future of free TV has landed. We’re excited to launch our innovative service with this tongue-in-cheek campaign.”


Host of Free TV, Kevin McGahern, commented: “Hark! Free TV is coming! Free TV is a fun way to remind the people of Ireland that the best things in life are free. With Saorview Connect, you have access to a load of new premium features with no monthly bills or contract. Eh… why would ever bother with a subscription package?”


Tune in to Free TV on the Saorview Facebook Page on January 25th at 8pm to win.

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