Most Irish television viewers will be able to avail of the service in the new year.

Variety is what its all about. No matter what time of day or night you turn on your TV set, you'll have a choice of programmes.

In addition to RTÉ One and RTÉ Two and the four British stations, viewers will have access to nine new television channels. Many of these channels specialise in sport, music or films.

Cablelink is the largest cable television company in Ireland, supplying piped TV in Dublin, Waterford and Galway, and plans to introduce satellite services in the new year. Kevin Windle, Managing Director with Cablelink comments on the new satellite service and how it will be gradually rolled out.

Television viewers who have no access to piped TV can get all the new stations through a satellite dish. However, the cost of erecting a satellite dish is around £2,000.

John Long, Sales Manager with Armstrong Electronics comments on the sale of satellite dishes and how the cost is falling as a result of mass production to feed the growing demand.

An RTÉ News report by Michael Ronayne broadcast on 14 October 1986.