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.