A newer type of Satellite transmission. Most but not all HD channels use it. All HD Satellite receivers now can do DVB-S and DVB-S2, such as “Freesat HD” or “Sky HD” box. Some TVs can use it.

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Saor is Gaelic (Irish) for Free and is pronounced "seer" as in seering meat in a pan.

Saorview is Digital Terrestrial in Ireland using DVB-T (DVB-T2 tuners will work), HD, MPEG4 H.264. HD downsampling on SCART is needed for non-HDTV with setbox. MHEG5 middleware. A regular UHF aerial is used for reception.

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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)

Splitting Satellite Signals

You can't sensibly split satellite cables. Part of the Tuner is the LNB at end of Dish arm. There are four groups of channels. Signals (13V or 18V and 22kHz on/off) from the satellite receiver to the LNB select the group of Channels. In some cases you could damage a tuner.

There are two solutions to add more satellite Receivers (TV with satellite Tuner, Set-box or PVR). A Satellite PVR (Recorder) usually needs two connections for its two tuners unlike a Terrestrial PVR.

  1. LNB with more outlets. LNBs can have 1, 2(Twin) 4(Quad) or 8 (Octo) outlets.
  2. A Multiswitch: Multiswitches need a Quad or Quattro LNB usually to feed them. and are available up to 16 outlets. They can be expanded to over 2000 outlets. Also they can have additional inputs so as to work with 1, 2, 3 or 4 Satellites (positions) at the same time.

6. Freesat

Freesat is the brand name for most of the UK Free to Air Satellite TV from 28.2E (Mostly Astra2D)

Unlike a basic FTA (Free To Air Satellite) receiver it provides

  • Detailed 7 day Program Guide (EPG)
  • Automatic list of all Channels (no manual scan or edit of transponders needed)
  • Interactive information and Advanced Text (Most Teletext is gone on UK Satellite)
  • Over the Air software upgrades (Only some FTA receivers and not on the Freesat/Sky satellite position)

A version for the Irish market has been sold with "Sat4free" branding.

The channel line up is similar to but not the same as UK Freeview. There is an HD version, which picks up the non-HD channels and works with HDTV via HDMI or regular TV via SCART.

3. Saorsat

Update 27th January  2012  * NEW *

RTE will run Saorsat on Ka-Sat 9E  and to confirm service start date soon.

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

Saor is the Gaelic for Free. Existing analogue TV (TV via an aerial)
is free. You pay a TV licence simply for having a Receiving Apparatus.
Saorsat is the name for the new all digital service that is for 2% to 8% people that won't be able to get Saorview, the Digital Terrestrial Service via an aerial. It's not a competitor to Sky, Magnet or UPC.
Simply an alternative way to deliver Saorview.

Some information here is preliminary and not yet confirmed.

When and How?

The Saorsat service is proposed to be supplied via Ka-Sat @ 9E, using Ka-Band. The Satellite is many for Internet use and has 80+ spots. One covers Ireland. The satellite was launched successfully 26th/27th December 2010. It's unlikely a service will be available before end of May 2011.

Saorsat Installs

This thread for discussion of Irish Digital Satellite Installs and Equipment (Saorsat on Kasat @9E)

  • Dishes
  • LNBs
  • Diseqc & Multiswitch for Freesat integration
  • Coax
  • Set-boxes
  • IDTV
  • MHEG5<
  • USB dongles and PCI cards
  • MPEG4 PC software

When there is specific posts / interest separate threads or Forums can be created