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Irish Free To Air Digital Terrestrial TV.
Anyone buying a copy of the Belfast-based Irish News this morning will see the headline on the front page “RTE digital coming north”, with the article below it featuring the grins of Joe Brolly and Ryan Turbity. Two further pages inside the paper gives more to this story, though half of it contains a picture of a 10-element contract aerial.
The main event behind the story is that the Irish News has “learned” that RTÉ1, RTÉ2 and TG4 will be available on the Freeview platform in Northern Ireland by the time the digital switch over occurs here, though some rights to programming (e.g. sports) will be blocked the same way as viewers to those channels on Sky or Virgin are being done so right now. It says an announcement is expected to be made soon which will also include the BBC being given “greater” access in the Republic too.
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In theory should work Freeview, "Freeview HD" and Saorview, even though not Saorview Certified.
RTE 2 up-scaling (up converting) regular programs and Transmitting in HD.
RTE NL test now SD Test Card.
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
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.
I got my first look at the WP11 set top box yesterday.
It's smaller than the older WP10, with a metal casing, painted black and a red 4 digit display for channel number, and a blue LED to indicate it's on (red for off).
Looks wise, I think it looks cheap and tacky, especially the red digit display, where many other electronics use VFD
Connectivity wise, at the back, it has HDMI, stereo phono output, optical output, USB port, Scart and of course RF loopthrough. And then the jack input for the external power supply.
The remote layout is not great either, again it seems bland. I hope to put up images soon.
However, on with using it!
I plugged it in, and after the short boot period, it starts with initial setup. The setup is very easy. Start off with language, then onto country, what resolution you want your HDMI port, and a Yes/No option for Auto scanning.
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.
I ordered the MobiDTV Dual DTT USB 2.0 stick on eBay from UK and in less than I week I have it. Less than €30 including P&P
UPDATE The MobiDTV stick has proved unreliable and the supplier is gone. Do not purchase
Sealed Rigid plastic pack contains CD, install guide, remote, USB stick (with regular TV socket) and vertical aerial
Most TV is horizontal so the aerial rod works better on side of a metal object.
The supplied software has the MPEG2 and MPEG4 codecs, so will do Saorview HD. It will NOT do "freeview HD", only standard "freeview". The menu has two sources, DVB-T and DVB-T2, this is 1st and 2nd tuners, not DVB-T and DVB-T2, it has DVB-T only so no UK HD.
On An AMD Athlon 64 3700+ running XP SP3 and ATI X1600 graphics
Saorview certification is just a convenience for retailer and consumer to take away guess work.
Distributors and Manufacturers in a sense should be smarter.
RTE today (13th September) unveiled plans for two new programmes strands. RTÉjr will be broadcast for under sixes and TRTÉ for children aged seven to 15 on RTÉ2 from the 20th September 2010.
The new station strands will also have digital radio equivalents in RTÉjr and TRTÉ, Digital Radio is available on Saorview (DTT), DAB in Limerick and South East and online.
RTÉ Young Peoples Programme commissioning editor Sheila de Courcy said the new programme strands were "quintessential public service broadcasting for 21st century audiences".
She said RTÉjr would be a "safe, fun, magical place for children" while TRTÉ would reflect the demands of thje older cohort.
See also Irish Times
Saorview (Irish Digital Television) soft launches 31st October 2010 and full public launch between Q2 2011 and end Q4 2011.
RTE has committed to a daytime Children's Channel on Saorview.
I'm going to try moving some posts here that cover the Logo and Campaign issues of Saorview
Though there is some new content planned for Irish Digital TV, really there is nothing new. So far it's really just a replacement of Analogue with very basic repeat of RTE news and possibly the addition of TV3's "3e"
Tralee entrepreneur Carla Horan is planning to form a new commercial TV station dedicated to Kerry.
The ambitious project would see the channel broadcasting 24 hours a day and include news and sports bulletins from across the county, along with Irish language content, a chat show, cookery, arts, gardening, fashion and holiday programmes -- and even a Kerry-based soap opera and a Kerry version of Big Brother. Live gigs at the INEC in Killarney will also be targeted for coverage by the channel; while there have been early discussions about launching a Kerry Lotto, with live TV draws.
Ms Horan (37) said plans were only at the "inception stage", but she has already brought the concept before the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and is in the process of applying for a contract to provide free-to-air TV on a digital platform. It is hoped the newstation will be broadcasting by 2013.
Seen on a Retail mag for TV in Ireland and scanned by Byte 20th August 2010
(From IER , Irish Electrical Review, a Trade magazine for Electrical Retailers)
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