Saorview Digital Television
(Ireland’s free-to-air digital television service)
On 26th May 2011 the SAORVIEW digital platform was launched to 97% of the population
2rn provisioned all the necessary national digital transmission infrastructure and systems for the introduction of this new free-to-air (FTA) platform.
The introduction of this platform was to facilitate Digital Switch Over (DSO) which is National and European Union policy. The Government department with lead responsibility for DSO is the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). The BAI and ComReg also have responsibilities (as specified in the Broadcasting Act 2009) in relation to DSO.
The EU mandated the end of 2012 as the final date for Analogue Switch Off (ASO) in Europe, by which time Ireland needed to have in place a replacement digital transmission platform to ensure all Irish audiences could continue to receive free-to-air programming.
Broadcasting legislation makes clear that RTÉ has the primary responsibility for providing the new free-to-air digital transmission system to replace the existing analogue transmission system which has been in operation since December 1961.
Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is the technology being used to transmit the new free-to-air digital platform. This is a proven technology that has been successfully deployed across many European countries.
The analogue system for RTÉ One and RTÉ Two was available to about 98% of the population, with TG4 being available to around 95% of the population and TV3 available to 85% of the population. After ASO in 2012, the SAORVIEW digital platform achieved 98% coverage for all channels carried.
2rn having built and commissioned the new digital infrastructure, is also the body responsible for day to day running and operating the platform.
For more information on SAORVIEW please go to: www.saorview.ie
SAORVIEW is a free-to-air (FTA) service. Which means there are no monthly subscription fees or contracts to sign. In order to receive SAORVIEW you will need an aerial and a set top (STB) or integrated digital television (iDTV).
The majority of homes will receive SAORVIEW through your existing aerial, it is preferable that this be a roof top antenna. However in certain good reception areas a set top antenna may suffice but for reliable reception a rooftop is recommended, in almost all cases, you will need a new aerial.
For more information regarding receiving the SAORVIEW signal please download the information booklet on the following link: Receiving SAORVIEW
Set Top Box/Integrated Digital Television
To receive SAORVIEW you will need a suitable Set Top Box (STB) or Integrated Digital Television (iDTV) connected to an external aerial.
2rn has set up a receiver approval process to reassure consumers that receivers are SAORVIEW compliant and will work correctly with the signals transmitted on the SAORVIEW digital platform. Receivers that have been approved all carry the SAORVIEW logo.
At present there are a number of SAORVIEW approved receivers, the numbers available will continue to grow as manufacturers present more products for the testing process.
Consumers should seek advice from their specialist retailer or manufacturer if looking to make a purchase. 2rn recommends that consumers wishing to avail of the SAORVIEW service only purchase receivers that carry the SAORVIEW approved logo.
SAORVIEW Receiver Approval Process
Ireland is a member of the NorDig group, this is a group of countries and platform operators who work together to agree a common specification for their reception equipment and a common operational parameter for their respective national broadcast platforms, the NorDig group are the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway Sweden and Ireland.
More information on the NorDig group is available on the following link: NorDig
2rn has appointed Teracom AB of Sweden to conduct receiver compliance testing for SAORVIEW receivers, both for STB and iDTV. Receivers which pass the test process thereby meeting the SAORVIEW and NorDig specification are eligible to be licensed to use the “SAORVIEW” logo, this logo will in turn confirm assurance to consumers that the receiver is SAORVIEW compliant.
Manufacturers or distributors wishing to use the SAORVIEW logo should contact Teracom (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange testing.