What Is SAORVIEW? – Elf Knows It [ARCHIVED]

http://www.saorview.ieWhat is SAORVIEW?
SAORVIEW is Ireland’s first free digital television service. It offers crystal clear picture and sound, on screen menu’s to make viewing easier and more enjoyable, and also a digital-text service – all for FREE.

SAORVIEW is a digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, this means the signal is broadcast from transmission masts across the country and is received through a regular TV aerial, either connected to a set-top box, or connected straight into a compatible TV set.

SAORVIEW is owned and managed by RTÉ. It will carry both RTÉ and non-RTÉ channels and services. The infrastructure required to transmit the SAORVIEW service was constructed and is operated by RTÉNL (a wholly owned subsidiary of RTÉ).

Am I covered?

Click here to view the SAORVIEW coverage map

  • Coverage shown is based on a rooftop aerial in good condition (indoor reception may be possible in areas with very good signal strength).
  • Coverage shown is indicative only.
  • Local environment (hills, forestry, trees, buildings, and other large obstructions) will cause coverage to vary from what is shown.
  • RTÉNL recommends consultation with a competent local aerial installer to confirm coverage in your area.

Transmission Sites

  • All transmission sites that will carry SAORVIEW are shown
  • Transmission sites will be powered up on a phased basis between now and the end of 2012. Sites currently in operation are shown in green and sites in development are shown in blue
  • If your location is shown as covered by one of the ‘live’ (Green) transmission sites but your aerial is pointed towards one of the “planned” (Blue) transmission sites shown on the map, you can redirect your aerial towards the (Green) transmission site or wait until your current (Blue) transmission site is powered up. In all other situations follow the instructions
  • Digital transmissions technology is different from traditional analogue technology and will be operating in the UHF frequency band only. Traditional analogue TV services will continue to be broadcast in both the VHF and UHF frequency bands until late 2012. The RTÉNL transmission network was re-engineered to maximize the population coverage made possible with this new technology. Most of the large transmission sites will remain in use and a number of new transmission sites are being built. A number of small transmission sites that are currently in use for analogue television will cease operation when analogue switched off in late 2012
  • RTÉNL recommends consultation with a local competent aerial installer to confirm coverage in your area.

Where can I get what I need?
Click here to view a map of retailers who carry the SAORVIEW equipment.

What do you make of SAORVIEW? Do you think it’s a good idea? Or will it cause more hassle than it’s worth! Let us know with a comment below!

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