Irish DTT

Saorview Logo and Campaign

I'm going to try moving some posts here that cover the Logo and Campaign issues of Saorview<

2. Saorview


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Technical Launch 29th October 2010<

Full launch Spring 2011 Analogue Close down October 2012

Update 17th November 2010  * NEW *
viewer orientated non-technical explanation of Irish Digital TV, Saorview and Saorsat at SaorTV.Info<

Update 29th October 2010 

Saorview web site live< (click on logo). 

RTE Saorview sub site<

1. Analogue to Digital Changeover (DSO, ASO)

Virtually every Country is replacing Analogue TV with Digital TV. The commencing of new Digital services (DSO, Digital Switch On) and ceasing of existing Analogue TV (DSO  Digital Switch Over, ASO Analogue Switch Off) is much more rapid than the change from 405 Line to 625 line Analogue in the UK (over 15 years). Some countries (Netherlands and USA) have already turned off the Analogue TV they had since late 1940s/ early 1950s.

There is no such thing as a Digital Aerial or Digital Amplifier. Terrestrial Digital (TV via an aerial) uses the same aerials and amplifiers as 60 year old Analogue TV. The only difference is that in Ireland we used VHF (Big long rods) and UHF(short rods or grid/bowtie) for Analogue TV, but for Digital we will use UHF only. All existing TG4 and TV3 is on UHF using Analogue.

Many masts are already transmitting digital signals and this will be official for over 85% of the country by 31st October 2010. From then till mid 2011 and information campaign will "ramp up". No-one needs to "rush in" to any purchases or decisions. Most people will not need an new aerial. Some time during 2011 the Digital coverage (signals that can be received on an Aerial) will reach at least 95% and be complemented by a Satellite signal via a Dish for those that eventually will have no Aerial signal (2% to 8% of people).

Free TV in Ireland: Saorview, Saorsat, Freeview and Freesat

Free TV in Ireland

Explains

  1. Analogue to Digital Changeover (DSO, ASO)
  2. Saorview: The new Irish Free Digital Terrestrial TV service replacing existing four Analogue channels. TV via an Aerial
  3. Saorsat: The Free copy of Saorview via Satellite dish for people that can't get Aerial Signal
  4. Digital Dividend<
  5. Freeview: The UK / N.I. Free Digital Terrestrial TV service replacing existing five  Analogue channels
  6. Freesat: The Free UK service similar to Freeview, but received via a Dish.

** NEW ** Free Digital TV for ordinary Folk via SaorTV.info<

Initial Blog post here blog/watty/saortv (link) <
(Worth reading)

Official Irish DTT Website Saorview (link)< since 29th October 2010

DVB News and previous news  www.dvb.org/about_dvb/dvb_worldwide/ireland/<

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Easy TV awarded Irish Pay DTT licence

April 29th 2010: Easy TV offered Licence for DTT.

It took Government and its Quangos A YEAR to realise that OneVision would never agree contracts.

It was last May that Boxer withdrew (the winning bid).

Well...

Either it will launch and go bust or it will not launch.

Will it be 1 week (should be) or 1 year to decide if taking Contract?

"Easy TV"  is a consortium held by RTE and UPC owner Liberty
Global.  However Liberty Global has expended much (Debts?) on Cable Fibre upgrades worldwide and on  Sirius XM  satellite Radio in USA, which is losing money. RTE doesn't have the money to fund the Pay DTT roll out. In present climate (dramatically different from two years ago when the Tender offered) will either have appetite for it?

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See this comment< on 9th March

Liberty Globa<l, owner of UPC Ireland (who took over NTL and Chorus). A partner in Easy TV

Firm date (31-10-10) now for Irish DTT PSB Mux launch?

According to Eamonn Ryan speaking in the Dail on 2nd March he wants the PSB Mux up and running to 90% of the population by 31st October 2010. Is this finally the 'official' launch of DTT in Ireland? Do people think it will happen? What extra relays I wonder will have to be up and and running to supply 90% coverage. Plus he wants a 'national' service by 31st December 2011. What % coverage qualifies as national. Same as current analogue reception?