While RTE1, 2, TG4 and RnaG are now being transmitted from three Northern Ireland digital transmitters for the first time, these are only available on Freeview HD equipment. Likewise, the transmission standard used in the Republic is different to Freeview in the UK and while it can be received on Freeview HD equipment, some newer Freeview televisions (mpeg 4 compatible) may receive RTE, but will NOT receive the HD transmissions of BBC/ITV and CH4 – these are only available with a Freeview HD set or box. Confused ? Well, just think how an elderly friend or neighbour may be feeling! As a rule of thumb if you are replacing any equipment, make sure it is Freeview HD compatible.
For the first time RTE 1, 2, TV3, 3e, TG4, RTE News Now and the various RTE Radio channels are available in Portaferry from a transmitter in Co.Louth. You will need an aerial pointing at the Clermont Carn transmitter to receive these channels. Unlike the RTE services carried in Northern Ireland, these channels will not be “rights restricted”.
To go to the Digital UK website, click here.