How to get Irish terrestial channels on freeview.

Discussion in 'Phones, DVDs, TVs, Audio/Visual' started by oakrise, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. oakrise

    oakrise Frequent Poster

    I got a freeview installed in my bedroom yesterday, but unfortunately I cant find none of the Irish terrestial channels on it. I have sky downstairs but I do not have the card for upstairs hence the freeview. Do anyone know what I have to do because the major reason why I got the installation done was to be able to see the local news (RTE, TV3 etc). The rest of the free view channels are working ok.

  2. ClubMan

    ClubMan Frequent Poster

    Are you sure that FreeView (assuming you really mean Freeview and not something else?) can receive either the Irish analog terrestrial or digital terrestrial TRIAL broadcasts? The Cable/Satellite TV forum is useful on this sort of stuff.
  3. beetroot

    beetroot Frequent Poster

    You can't get them, I asked RTE the same question recently and got the following reply.

    "RTÉ has no current plans to make its television services available on a satellite free-to-air service. Approximately 50% of our programming is acquired from UK and American sources. RTÉ only purchases Irish rights to these programmes. If we were on a free-to-air basis these programmes could be viewed outside of Ireland and RTÉ would be in breach of its rights agreements with the suppliers of this source of programming. Being available on a subscription satellite basis on Sky enables encryption which prevents access to RTÉ outside of the island of Ireland. This means that availability on Sky satellite is within our rights agreements.

    RTÉ is obliged by law to provide a transmission network for its radio and television service. Our analogue terrestrial network fulfils this obligation. Looking to the future the Government has authorised the beginnings of the provision of a digital terrestrial television service. When this is up and running people in Ireland will be able to receive a wide range of channels via the existing (and upgraded) terrestrial transmitter network with much improved quality of picture and sound. The EU has suggested 2012 at the date for the switch over from analogue to digital for television services. On this basis the new digital service should be up and running within this timeframe."
  4. bigjoe_dub

    bigjoe_dub Frequent Poster

    i think you will need an areial on the roof to pick up rte 1/2/tg4.
  5. mossym

    mossym Frequent Poster

    that's freesat, he asked about freeview

    op, are you trying to pick up the signals over the air with an aerial or via a satellite dish? what exdacly did you get installed in your bedroom
  6. Towger

    Towger Frequent Poster

    I think he means Freesat or Free to View, in which case Beetroot's answer is correct. If he has an ex sky box he could get one of these to add Channel 4 and the all the Channel 5's or one of the latest generation receivers as per here

    If RTE bothered to they could issue cards as the BBC did or Irish versions of the boxes.

    I want one of these for fathers day, just plug the dish into the back and no messing around extra extra boxes and remote controls.
  7. iggy

    iggy Guest

    You can just put an indoor aerial into your tv and tune in rte1,2,tv3 and tg4.