Never even plugged it in as far as Ireland is concerned - 10 years without TV now, 7.5 in Ireland. Any Android or Linux based TV box running Kodi will sort you out. I’d recommend SBCs like the Raspberry Pi (3 now).
I built a box based on the original Banana Pi: running Android, 1TB 2.5"HDD & Mele F10 keyboard/remote, case is 3D printed (BanaNAS), also serves as NAS
Tip for anybody using Kodi: TV Ontario plugin - has a lot of the BBC stuff on demand, no IP blocking.
Pretty much every tax in Ireland seems to go like this:
“Behold our new tax! And behold the newly created quango that shall collect it!”
“Yes, compliance is pretty low all right. But it will improve any day now!”
“OK, no-one’s paying this thing. From now on it will be collected by the Revenue.”
They’ve let this play out excruciatingly slowly when it comes to the TV license, but presumably it’ll end up the same way: Revenue collects it (for a fraction of the cost of An Post’s efforts); if you don’t pay, they deduct it from your pay or social welfare. You can avoid paying only by signing a statutory declaration in a Garda station (like licensing a commercial vehicle) that you don’t have a TV, and if you do so you’re subject to inspection and penalties.