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Digital Dividend is problem for Cable TV and Broadband

Cable TV uses 110MHz to 872MHz for TV and also Broadband download.

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Death Of Mobile TV. Long Live Mobile TV

Despite early optimism due to roll out of Italian DVB-H, and Nokia Handsets there just isn't a market for Mobile payDTT or dedicated Mobile TV. See Beginning of end for Mobile TV<. Some phone handsets can do regular DVB-T and also "on the go" people only want short snippets, YouTube etc rather than conventional full length TV programs.

Comreg now has abandoned plans to Licence DVB-H in Ireland. Trials started in 2008. Now no VHF or UHF spectrum will be auctioned for DVB-H.

Both O2 and Three did tests and in the last consultation with Comreg, only Vodafone responded, simply to indicate no interest.

Most small Netbook Computers with Nvidia Ion can even run Saorview HD channels perfectly, many with optional HDMI output. A DVB-T USB stick is €10 to €30 depending on if it's a single or dual tuner.

See MobiDTV Dual DTT USB 2.0 stick/tuner< <(8th November 2010)

News via Broadband TV News< (read more).

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Ka-Sat Launch is Success

Mission Overview at ILS<

<21:52> Blue touch paper worked

 Final Ka-Sat separation at 7:03am tomorrow [Update: Success]

If successfully commissioned (will take till end May 2011) will carry Ireland's 1st TV Satellite Service (Saorsat)<, The Backup and Fill-in for Terrestrial (Saorview): Coverage Explained<

Official Blog at ILS<

<21:54> 1st stage separation OK

After 3:45 all OK, 2min next separation.

<21:58> stage2 OK
<21:58> All systems OK

<22:01> 3rd Stage shutdown

<22:01> orbiter separation

<22:02> Breeze M engines OK

<22:11> Breeze M 1st burn complete. Spacecraft out of Radio contact for 1 hr.

Launch Orbits

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Triax releases two boxes for Saorview

Basic HD MPEG4 + MHEG5  Terrestrial Set box (Aerial only)  TRIAX TR112

Combo HD MPEG4 + MHEG5 Satellite DTT box (Aerial and Dish for FTA) TRIAX ST-HD537

TheST-HD537 will be able to do full Interactive and all future applications on Irish TV via aerial. It will not have Freesat EPG. There is a possibility that it will use Internet for UK TV Program guide. It's unkown if the Freesat Interactive (MHEG5) will work on the Satellite part.

[Edit Update: Huge problems with early version of the ST-HD537 Don't buy either of these without reading the issues are fixed.]

Do Not use the Triax TR110. It is not compatible.<

Both are expected to be Certified for Irish Digital Terrestrial, Saorview.

via page 5 on  December 2010 PDF newsletter<

Set Top Box/Integrated Digital Television< 

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Digiguide purchased by EBS New Media

I have been using Digiguide for Progam Listings on my laptop for nearly 10 years.


GipsyMedia purchased by EBS New Media Ltd.

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Is this the cheapest UK "High Street" DVB-T2 box?

via Currys UK Website<

The Digihome DVBT2-665 Digital Receiver is a sure means to get access to High Definition Freeview channels. This digital Freeview HD receiver has an HDMI digihome-dvb-t2-665output to transmit the signal to your HD ready TV.

But the DVBT2-665 Digital Receiver is also backward compatible: thanks to a SCART connector, you can be sure almost any television set can be hooked up to the DVBT2-665 Digital Receiver. This glossy little black box will find its place near any TV.

Join the HD revolution with the great-value Digihome DVBT2-665 Digital Receiver!

Connectors Scart plug,
Audio outputs, 1x optical out, 1 x HDMI

Included accessories -remote control

DIGIHOME Freeview HD Digital TV Receiver
Product code: 639261 £49.99

In theory should work Freeview, "Freeview HD" and Saorview, even though not Saorview Certified.

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ARM based Server

ZT Systems announced what it says is the first commercially available ARM-based development platform for the server market. The Ubuntu Linux-based R1801e 1U rackmount server employs SSD (solid state disk) storage and eight ARM Cortex-A9-based computer-on-modules (COMs), providing 16 600MHz cores while using less than 80 Watts, the company says.

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RTE 2 HD Lite

RTE 2 up-scaling (up converting) regular programs and Transmitting in HD.

RTE NL test now SD Test Card. 

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Why we need MHEG5 EPG on Saorview

It's evident that the look, feel and user interface to EPG (electronic Program guide) varies dramatically between Windows 7 Media Center, 3rd party PC programs, Digital TVs and Set-box that can all receive Saorview.

This is not a good thing, and confusing to ordinary consumer.

There is a solution

Freeview Australia has launched its long-awaited electronic programme guide using MHEG technology provided by the UK’s Strategy & Technology (S&T).

The Freeview EPG will, for the first time,  provide a consolidated platform for the consumer when navigating Freeview channels, and will also provide consistency of experience across multiple digital TVs in the home, so that the consumer only has to learn the navigation once,” said Robin Parkes, CEO of Freeview Australia.

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Ham Botherer


A 63-year-old man from Hull has pleaded guilty to driving by the homes of radio hams purely for the joy of interfering with their hobby.

In a case brought by Ofcom, Clive McMurray appeared in Hull Crown Court and admitted operating a radio transmitter without a licence.

He was given a four-month sentence suspended for 18 months as well as forfeiting his radio kit and landing a curfew preventing him from roaming the streets between 7pm and 7am at night.

Driving around in his van, Mr McMurray would park up outside the home of an operating radio ham and start jamming the signal or broadcasting his own (or both). Quite why he did this remains a mystery, but despite initially denying the charges in September he pleaded guilty on Monday.

via The Register<

He could have faced stiffer penalties.

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Test WiFi on your Nokia

Nokia is offering a free WiFi Diagnostic Tool<



Connectivity Diagnostics Test

With a couple of clicks the application connects to a selected access point and performs a diagnostics test. In case of any problems with the connectivity, you are informed about it with troubleshooting tips.

Connection Observer

This graphical presentation of WLAN and packet data connectivity and events releated to it helps you to analyze WLAN networks and how roaming is performed e.g. when using VoIP. The gathered data can be stored into a .csv file for further analysis. More advanced users and application developers can also capture the IP traffic of the device into a pcap file.

Ping Utility

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Lidl Repents: Proper Digital TV

See their Brochure <

Finally!  They got ONE detail wrong though

Digital aerial required. Requirements will vary depending on the coverage in your area

No such thing as a digital Aerial!


32inch FullHD LCD TV with MPEG4 Tuner

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Saorview Resource for Humans

New resource for Non-Technical folk (ordinary Humans) for Saorview and Saorsat (link)<, the new Irish Digital Terrestrial.

I think saortv.info is a nice easy address for your friends. Comment to this post to suggest additions or corrections to the site or use this form here (link)< if you are not a Member here. 

UPDATE: RTE / RTE NL now have two excellent resources. The Information Site Saorview<  and the Coverage Site<.

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Consultation till 10th Dec 2010 on new RTE channels

Communications Minister Eamon Ryan today announced that he
is seeking the views of the public on a range of new channels proposed
by RTÉ for transmission on digital television. Members of the public
will have until the 10th of December 2010 to submit their views.

The switch-on of digital television was announced by the Minister on
the 29th of October and will include RTÉ One, RTÉ2, TV3, and TG4. RTÉ
has submitted a proposal for additional channels on this free-to-air
service. They are:

- RTÉ Two HD Select

- RTÉ News Now

- RTÉjr (channel aimed at preschool children)

- RTÉ Plus (repeat of peaktime RTÉ One content)

- RTÉ Aertel Digital (enhanced digital teletext service)

Announcing the consultation the Minister said

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Public Awarness? What about Manufacturers?

Saorview certification is just a convenience for retailer and consumer to take away guess work.

Distributors and Manufacturers in a sense should be smarter.