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All you need to know about the Digital Switchover happening on the 24th October

News   •   Oct 24, 2012 09:11 BST

Digital Switchover is affecting Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland TV Services

What is happening on the 24th October? 

Starting on this date all analogue services in both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will be switched off. From this date in order to receive television services you will need to ensure that you have a TV or set top box that can receive a digital signal.

How will this affect my viewing?

For Republic of Ireland - Saorview
To correctly receive the Saorview service you will need to use a Saorview approved product.
Many of our current 2012 range of televisions are Saorview approved. Click here for more information. All 2011 models will also be able to receive the Saorview service, but some functions such as Saoview EPG may not work.

For more help, and information regarding models manufactured prior to 2010, please use our 'Ask A Question' section and search for Saorview. 

For Northern Ireland – Freeview
To correctly receive the Freeview signal in Northern Ireland, you will require a Freeview compatible TV or set top box. For more information about the digital switchover in Northern Ireland please use our ‘Ask A Question’section and search for switchover.

As a result of the switchover, it will be necessary for all customers to re-tune their product, possibly more than once, depending on your area. 

However, we would always recommend, as good practice to retune your product periodically, to ensure that you receive all channels available in your area.


Receiving RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 channels on Freeview in Northern Ireland.

RTE are due to start broadcasting 3 of the RTE channels on Freeview for Northern Ireland from the 24th October. Planned coverage is 90% of Northern Ireland.

In order to receive these channels you will need to use a TV or set top box that is capable of receiving Freeview HD. The RTE channels on Freeview are standard definition but use a similar transmission type as Freeview HD broadcasts. Customers with TV’s that do not support Freeview HD, will not be able to receive the RTE channels using the inbuilt tuner. For those customers we would recommend purchasing a Freeview HD set top box.