As the switch to digital television gets closer more and more people in Co. Tipperary are asking what they should do to continue to receive the Irish Public Service Broadcast television services on a Free-To-Air basis.
SAORVIEW is the new free digital television service that will allow the Irish public to watch and listen to indigenous television and radio channels free of charge.
County Tipperary has an estimated 13,000 terrestrial households, i.e. those who depend on an aerial for TV reception on their main TV. These householders must take action before October 24, if they have not already done so. Taking this group into account, plus all the other homes that have TVs connected to an aerial in the kitchen, bedroom and so on, it is reckoned that there could be up to 40,000 TVs in Co Tipperary that will be affected.
All you need to begin enjoying the new service is a UHF aerial (which most households have) and a SAORVIEW Approved receiver (either a television or a set-top-box). Most viewers in Tipperary will already have the correct aerial, pointed at the right transmitter site. To check that SAORVIEW is available where you live, or to get more information about your local transmitter, you can check the website coverage checker at www.saorview.ie or you can call the designated information line Lo Call 1850 222 012.
Many viewers in the midlands will have received their analogue RTÉ One and RTÉ Two on VHF, and their analogue TV3 and TG4 on UHF. For this reason, many houses will have both a VHF and a UHF aerial. It is the UHF aerial that is required for SAORVIEW. In other words the aerial used currently to receive TV3 and TG4 analogue, is the aerial they will use to receive SAORVIEW.
TV Channels available on SAORVIEW are RTE One, RTE Two HD, TV3, TG4, RTE News Now, 3e, RTEJr, RTE One + 1, RTE Aertel Digital as well as 10 digital RADIO Channels are available on SAORVIEW.
The most watched programmes in Ireland are available on Saorview such as The Late Late Show, Coronation Street, Xpose, RTE News, Frontline, Eastenders, Come Dine with Me and The X Factor.
The benefits of digital are
Crystal clear pictures
Better quality sound
7-day on-screen TV Guide
Digital teletext: RTE Aertel
By delaying until the last minute to upgrade, there is every possibility that product shortages may occur, and some installers may be unable to keep pace with the demands placed on them.
So getting ready for SAORVIEW means you either need to buy a new Saorview Approved Television or buy a Saorview Approved Set Top Box which can be connected to your existing television.
If you are already subscribing to a digital television service such as SKY or UPC, you will still need to check if any televisions in your house are dependant on the old aerial service as they too will need to be enabled to receive digital.
The vast majority of premises with existing outdoor or rooftop aerials will be able to receive the SAORVIEW signal. If you do not have an aerial, you may need to contact a local aerial installer