People in Ireland will soon be able access a wide range of international television stations.

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.

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.

Cablelink the largest cable television company in Ireland, supplying piped TV in Dublin, Waterford and Galway, plans to introduce satellite services in the new year.

Kevin Windle, Managing Director with Cablelink describes the 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 says the cost of satellite dishes is falling as a result of mass production to feed the growing demand.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 October 1986. The reporter is Michael Ronayne.