Irish Digital Terrestrial TV

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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 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
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Quote:
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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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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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.

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Saorview Technical Launch

Quote:
RTÉ's new Digital Terrestrial Television service, SAORVIEW, will be available from today [29th October 2010] on a trial basis. RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3*, TG4 and RTE News Now are being broadcast from today. The full SAORVIEW service, which will include other channels and services, will be launched in the spring of next year. RTÉ Director-General Cathal Goan said SAORVIEW will be a major change in Irish broadcasting.

via RTE News <and also Irish Times< 
Update
16:30 3rd November 2010 * TV3 has joined Saorview *

Update 17th November 2010  TV3e has joined Saorview.
 


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Read more here (updated link) <and lots more information on Free digital TV<

Update 29th October 2010  * NEW Saorview Sites!*

Saorview Logo and Campaign

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