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RTE ka-Sat Testing?

Update 26th March 2012

Summer time is now on us. The low key announcements so far  by RTE are covered here.

Updated 20th February 2012 (originally published 26th May 2011)

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DVBviewer 4.8.1 (€15) is out and adds improved MHEG5 support.

Update to previous released 3rd June 2011. Fixes some bugs seen below

The MHEG5 is a plug in to be purchased separately (€10).

Here is a Preview Video (youtube) of MHEG5 on DVBviewer

I will review later.

With 2nd June 2011 Version 4.8.1 of DVBviewer pro the MHEG bugs of time and video scale are fixed.


One "bug" is due to having wrong "DirectX" Renderer. On XP you need

[X] Use Custom Renderers

 [ VMR9 Custom Renderer ]

(On Win 7 use EVR Custom Renderer)


RTE 2 HD rendered correctly

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Is Unity a mistake?

Even on XP (2001) you can make the Task Bar very like an OS X or Win7 dock and put it on any edge on any of the connected screens.

Unity is the new OpenGL based GUI & Desktop on Ubuntu

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BAI take note

Another Pay TV DTT platform bites the dust.

Remember OnDigital, ITV Digital, It's TV, Boxer (only added 1000 in Sweden last year), Spanish pay DTT?

It has emerged that Telecom Italia Media had not accepted a proposal by administrator Filippo Chiusano to save the pay-TV platform. “TI Media is not in a position to make further sacrifices, [Dahlia] has serious problems, is still leaking significantly and we cannot afford to make more sacrifices,” said Telecom Italia CEO Franco Bernabé.

Ireland certainly can't compete in Conventional Pay DTT against UPC Cable or Sky Satellite. A UK style "top up tv" platform is hardly viable.

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Consent for New Services on Saorview

Good News: RTÉ's new Saorview services are approved. This means the Information Campaign can start.

Interesting conditions attaching to Specific Channels

  1. RTÉ Two HD Select channel is required to be carried on the second multiplex.

  2. The knowledge gained from technical trialling of the HD channel will be shared with other broadcasters
  3. RTÉ should aim to provide for full HD versions of RTÉ One and RTÉ Two as soon as practicable and by mid 2013 at the latest
  4. The RTÉjr/RTÉ Plus channel shall be carried on the first multiplex until 1 September 2011 and from 1 September 2011 shall be transferred to the second multiplex
  5. No advertising is permitted on the RTÉjr or RTÉ News Now channel
  6. In respect of RTÉjr and RTÉ News Now, RTÉ shall review Phase 2 of these channel proposals on foot of the suggestions set out in the public consultation in order to further enhance the public value of the channels.
  7. RTÉ Plus: Phase 1 only is approved and for a period of 4 years only until February 2014.

We like the "no advertising" clause on RTEjr and RTE News Now. Proper Public Service Broadcasting!

Why is it any business of DCENR how the PSB multiplexes are organised if channels are approved? That should be purely an Engineering decision.

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RTE Presentation to ISAA

Ray Maguire (from RTE) gave an excellent presentation and also a possible Brochure on Saorview with list of sites (list was correct but missing channels filled<)


  • EPG and Series link for PVRs coming when infrastructure complete. Uses Nordig PVR specification.
  • No channels above 60 will be used.
  • Channel line up approval from Regulator was expected in January. Hope it will be soon.
  • Seminars
  • Tommy and PJ Advert campaign (Cartoon fat dog and skinny cat)
  • Expect 4HD channels by end of 2013 approximately.
  • As much as possible RTE2 will be HD from May 2011. All shows that are made in HD will be HD.
  • Online Coverage checker< is live!
  • RTE's Coverage maps chopped up and linked here<

Free TV For Dummies

I’m a guy who knows very little about how TV operates. I just like to plug the thing in and see it work. When I was connecting up my Sky box, I tended to just stick cables into the ports that fit like some sort of grown-up jigsaw rather than know what I was actually doing.


So it was with some degree of trepidation that I embarked on the road to ditch my monthly Sky pay TV and replace it with…well this was my first problem….what do I replace it with? So if, like me, you’re clueless with this sort of television techno-babble, read on and I’ll share my experience with you.


The Goal

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Holding Hand(held)s II

Holding Hand(held)s

The Future is in Your hands”

Part the Second: NGP

What the? Its got one of those things on its rear!”

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holding hand(held)s

Holding Hand(held)s

 "The Future is in Your hands”

Part the First: 3DS

“Three!, Three! That makes everything better! No really!!”

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Retail ASO Awareness Part 2

East Side of Limerick City

There was not a single place that mentioned Saorview, We encountered a sorry story, Huge price tags again and tiny insufficient (sometimes misleading) specification tags, sometimes no specifications at all. NO indication of the ASO or DSO. If you didn't know about it you wouldn't know. 

(See for all about Irish Digital TV<)

The first stop was Harvey Normans. Most TVs simply had a large price tag, that would be fine if it wasn't for the fact some of these TVs are good for little else other than being a monitor. There were some sets that mentioned MPEG4, but what use is that to a person who has never heard of the DSO, who doesn't know Saorview exists. More sinisterly this mentioning of MPEG4 implies that Harvey Normans does indeed know about the ASO, DSO and Saorview. Then if they know about it they are keeping quiet about it, which could mean they are with full knowledge and intent product dumping, selling goods not fit for their purchase.

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What DSO?

We (Techtir) have had a Work Experience Student doing a survey this week. The results are very bad.

DSO Digital Switch Over. The fact that Saorview is now available officially since 29th October 2010, though full Launch is May 2011

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Retail ASO awareness part1

I was sent into Limerick City to investigate the state of Retail with regards the ASO and DSO. I was given a form to fill in after leaving each shop.

I did not make my self obvious to shop employees as far as they knew I was a simple customer or window shopper.

One of the first things I noticed about the places I went to was the sheer absence of reference to the ASO, DSO and Saorview.

(See for all about Irish Digital TV<)

From analogue to digital terrestrial TV - the conversion adventure

While most households in Ireland have multiple TV channels via cable or satellite, my household has had a low interest in television and persisted with the two channels that could be picked up on VHF by an aerial in the roof space. Reception has never been wonderful and following some insulation work in the attic recently, reception for RTE2 became so poor as to be difficult to watch.  More importantly, the reception became too poor to record on our Sony HDD PVR - the best "toy" I ever bought for my wife. She has become accustomed to recording a small number of programmes that interest her and watching them in the evenings without having to be tied to the TV schedule. What to do?

We could subscribe to Sky and pay a monthly fee for a bunch of channels that we don't really want.  We could mount the aerial on the roof and try to get a better signal.  Or we could buy a satellite dish and set top decoder.  But, to be honest, we don't want a lot of channels.  And when I discovered that digital terrestrial TV was imminent there didn't seem much point in investing money in the analogue system.  However, researching the requirements for DTT (digital terrestrial television) nearly broke my heart. Why?  Because the lack of coherent information and the difficulties posed by our particular setup.

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AGM (2011) of Limerick Radio Club

Limerick Radio Club

The AGM of Limerick Radio Club will take place on Thursday 10 February at 7.30pm in the Limerick Institute of Technology. All members are requested to attend. Further details are available from Ger McNamara EI4GXB Hon. Secretary at QTHR.