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Encyclopedia > Digital terrestrial television in Ireland

The deployment of digital terrestrial television in Ireland has had a chequered history, with the first tests being carried out in 1998, but no public trials until August 2006. The system is expected to begin building phase in 2008 following competition by BCI & RTÉ network building. It is expected to launch proper early 2010 , although the state is committed to a 2012 Digital switchover date.[1] Digital switchover is the name given to the process in which analogue broadcast television in an area is converted to digital television. ...


Permanent licences were issued in October 2007 to commence in 2008, with RTÉ being assigned one multiplex and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland being assigned the other three. Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; Irish for Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national publicly-funded broadcaster of Ireland. ...

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Historical testing

DVB-T has repeatedly been tested from RTÉ Network Limited's Three Rock Mountain transmitter, with relatively long tests in 1998 and 2001, and shorter tests in 2004, with a single multiplex carrying the 4 Irish analogue terrestrial channels, and Tara Television while it was in existence, on both UHF (channel 26) and VHF (channel D). These were under temporary licences for testing, which are regularly awarded. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOVD Articles that have been linked to this page are the subject of an NPOV dispute (NPOV stands for Neutral Point Of View; see below). ... DVB-T stands for Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial and it is the DVB European consortium standard for the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial television. ... RTÉ Network Transmission Limited (RTÉNL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Radio Telefís Éireann which runs Irelands principal terrestrial television and radio broadcast signal transmission networks. ... Three Rock Mountain is a mountain in the Wicklow Mountains in the south east of Ireland. ...


A contract* to run a nationwide system, with 6 multiplexes from main sites, and 4 from relay sites was awarded in 2001 to ITS Digital Limited, trading as "It's TV", who intended to launch a pay TV and broadband service. This failed to materialise, due to lack of funding, and the licence was revoked. A 2-year trial managed by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Department for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources was announced in 2005, although what happens when this test ends is unknown. Due to the fact that an official service is expected to launch in 2008, it is quite possible that a similar situation to that of Italy will happen, where the trial ends and official service starts on the same day. However by the end of June 2007 there is still no public plan for a nationwide roll out or who would run the network, or which channels would be served. Since the original plans, both ITV & BBC have become available freely via satellite in Ireland and Sky Pay TV and UPC Digital have such a high market penetration as to make any Pay TV on DTT look unsustainable The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) (Irish: Coimisiún Craolacháin na hÉireann) is the regulator of the commercial broadcasting sector in Ireland. ... The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources is the senior minister at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (An Roinn Cumarsáide, Mara agus Achmhainní Nádúrtha) in the Irish Government. ...


Nine groups applied to run content on the DTT trials as well as potentially run the network in the future. Seven of these were successful:

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Note:(* It may never have been awarded. ITS wanted to offer broadband using the DVB-RCT standard (which while fast, is not fast enough with 20,000 people on one mast). They had no broadband licence and no viable business plan without selling broadband, so did not get the DTT licence. DVB-RCT for the "reverse" interactive feature of the set box appears to have been abandoned.) Official DVB logo, found on compliant devices DVB, short for Digital Video Broadcasting, is a suite of internationally accepted open standards for digital television. ...


Current testing

Trials began again on August 4, 2006, with a high power multiplex ("Mux 1") transmitting on channel 54 (-167 kHz offset) from Three Rock Mountain. Transmission parameters are 16 QAM, 3/4 forward error correction and a 1/32 guard interval, with an 8k FFT. Transmissions from the Clermont Carn transmitter began on August 11 on channel 53, meaning coverage is provided to Dublin city and county as well as most of the north-east of Ireland — approximately 30% of the population. The trial officially launched on August 16, 2006, with approximately seven months testing prior to the introduction of extra content. is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Three Rock Mountain is a mountain in the Wicklow Mountains in the south east of Ireland. ... QAM is a TLA that may stand for: Quadrature amplitude modulation Quality Assurance Management (qam. ... In telecommunication, forward error correction (FEC) is a system of error control for data transmission, whereby the sender adds redundant data to its messages, which allows the receiver to detect and correct errors (within some bound) without the need to ask the sender for additional data. ... The purpose of the guard interval is to introduce immunity to echoes and reflections while using COFDM coding. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Additional content began to be added during February 2007, consisting of TV and radio "channels" - either channels provided by the content providers (Extreme Sports Channel from chellomedia, Sky Sports 1 from BSkyB) or blank carriers. These transmissions are on lower power multiplexes from the same sites. Multiplex 2 is carried on channel 61 from Three Rock, unknown from Clermont Carn; and Multiplex 3 is carried on 58 from Three Rock, 60 from Clermont Carn. The channels on these multiplexes are encrypted in Conax, and each carry 6 TV and 6 radio carriers. The Extreme Sports Channel is a UK-owned, Netherlands-based extreme sports television channel available across Europe and the Middle East. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... Conax is a crypting system for digital television. ...


Transmissions on Mux 1 are unencrypted and use standard coding modes - most modern set-top boxes and PC cards on sale anywhere in the EU are fully compatible, and many people have purchased boxes or cards in other parts of the EU to avail of the trial service. The service is however, theoretically restricted to 1000 selected users, who have received units capable of decoding the Conax-encrypted multiplexes. At least one carrier is broadcasting in MPEG-4, and anyone buying a set-top box or HD TV may wish to ensure that it supports the MPEG-4 HD codec. A set-top box (STB) or set-top unit (STU) is a device that connects to a television and an external source of signal, turning the signal into content which is then displayed on the television screen. ... MPEG-4 is a standard used primarily to compress audio and visual (AV) digital data. ...


4 multiplexes were announced for the trial, with Mux 1 reserved for existing nationally licenced television and radio services, Mux 2 and half of Mux 3 reserved for selected "content managers", for which advertisements were placed in the press, and the remainder of Mux 3 retained for future use. Mux 4 will be reserved for "innovative content". Ireland's frequency plans allow for 4 multiplexes nationally (6 on main transmitters) until analogue switchoff, and 9 - 8 UHF, 1 VHF - nationally after switchoff. To date, all of Muxes 1, 2 and 3 have been commissioned, Mux 4 has not.


EPG information is currently provided for approximately one week ahead on most channels. The Sky Digital EPG in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. ...


Other Proposals

The Green Party/Comhaontas Glas have, as part of their 2007 General Election Manifesto, proposed an all-island free-to-air DTT system, consisting of RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV3, TG4, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, UTV and Channel 4 to be broadcast all around the island on the one network. Other Irish channels (eg. Channel 6, City Channel) may also be included. The party wish for this to be complete by 2009, 3 years before analogue signals are due to be switched off in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. [1] After the 2007 General Election, the Greens got control of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the government department in charge of broadcasting, so this idea seems quite possible now. The Green Party (Irish: ; lit. ... RTÉ One (Irish: RTÉ a hAon) is the Republic of Irelands oldest and most popular television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... RTÉ Two (Irish: RTÉ a Dó) (known from 1988 to 2004 as Network 2, RTÉ Network Two, RTÉ2 or N2) is Irelands second-oldest television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... TV3 may mean: TV3 (Catalonia) TV3 (Ireland) TV3 (Malaysia) TV3 (Medford, USA) TV3 (New Zealand) TV3 (South Africa) TV3 (Viasat), Viasats flagship channel, with several European national channels, including: TV3 Denmark TV3 (Estonia) TV3 (Latvia) TV3 Lithuania TV3 (Norway) TV3 Slovenia TV3 (Sweden) TV3 (Marysville) See also: Lists of... TG4 (Irish: TG Ceathair or TG a Ceathair; IPA: /tiː dÊ’iː kʲahəɾʲ/) is a television channel in Ireland, aimed at Irish-language speakers and established as a wholly owned subsidiary by Radio Telefís Éireann on 31 October 1996. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with BBC Northern Ireland. ... BBC Two Northern Ireland is a television station operated by BBC Northern Ireland. ... For other uses of the UTV acronym, see UTV (disambiguation) UTV (formerly Ulster Television) is the ITV franchise for Northern Ireland. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Irelands television channels are a subset of the Media in Ireland. ... Channel 6 redirects here. ... City Channel is a proposed cable television channel, intending to operate in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Irish: ) is the government department of the Irish government that is responsible for the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors and regulates, protects and develops the Natural Resources of the Republic of Ireland. ...


Channel Line Up

Please note that this will most likely change once the test ends and the permanent services begin in 2008.


TV

  • 1 - RTÉ One - (Free-to-Air in MPEG2)
  • 2 - RTÉ Two - (Free-to-Air in MPEG2)
  • 3 - TV3 -(Free-to-Air in MPEG2)
  • 4 - TG4 - (Free-to-Air in MPEG2)
  • 6 - Channel 6 - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 7 - CBBC - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 8 - CBeebies - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 9 - BBC Three - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 10 - BBC Four - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 11 - BBC News 24 - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 12 - Sky News - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 13 - Sky Sports 1 - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 14 - Extreme Sports Channel - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 15 - UKTV History - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 16 - Setanta Golf - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 17 - Setanta Ireland - (Scrambled using Conax in MPEG2)
  • 18 - SD Test 1 - (Free-to-Air Standard Definition Test in MPEG4)
  • 20 - HD Ireland - (Free-to-Air High Definition Test in MPEG4)

RTÉ One (Irish: RTÉ a hAon) is the Republic of Irelands oldest and most popular television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... RTÉ Two (Irish: RTÉ a Dó) (known from 1988 to 2004 as Network 2, RTÉ Network Two, RTÉ2 or N2) is Irelands second-oldest television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... TV3 Ireland is the sole commercial terrestrial television channel in the Republic of Ireland. ... TG4 (Irish: TG Ceathair or TG a Ceathair; IPA: /tiː dʒiː kʲahəɾʲ/) is a television channel in Ireland, aimed at Irish-language speakers and established as a wholly owned subsidiary by Radio Telefís Éireann on 31 October 1996. ... Channel 6 redirects here. ... Current CBBC Logo CBBC - short for Childrens BBC - is the brand-name for the BBCs childrens television programmes aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years old. ... CBeebies is a British television channel produced by the BBC and aimed at children six years and under. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 3. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 4. ... BBC News 24 is the BBCs 24 hour rolling news television channel in the United Kingdom. ... Sky News is a 24-hour British domestic and international television news channel that started broadcasting on 5 February 1989 as part of the then four-channel Sky Television service, as well as a hourly news radio service in the UK. Broadcast of a 24-hour radio service is due... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... The Extreme Sports Channel is a UK-owned, Netherlands-based extreme sports television channel available across Europe and the Middle East. ... UKTV History (previously known as UK History until 8 March 2004) is a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom as part of the UKTV network of channels. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Setanta Sports is Irelands second sports channel (after Chorus Sports). ...

Radio

[2][3] RTÉ Radio 1 is the principal radio channel of Irish public-service broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann and is the direct descendant of Dublin radio station 2RN, which began broadcasting on a regular basis on 1 January 1926. ... RTÉ 2fm, or 2FM as it is commonly referred to, is RTÉs second national radio station. ... RTÉ lyric fm, part of Radio Telefís Éireann, is an Irish radio station. ... RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (RnaG; Irish for Radio of the Gaeltacht) is the Irish-language radio service of Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ) in Ireland, and is available on 92-94FM in Ireland and via the Internet. ... 100-102 Today FM, formerly called Radio Ireland, is Irelands only independent national commercial radio station (there are many other independent local commercial stations, however). ... RTÉ Radio 1 is the principal radio channel of Irish public-service broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann and is the direct descendant of Dublin radio station 2RN, which began broadcasting on a regular basis on 1 January 1926. ... Newstalk (formerly called NewsTalk 106) is an Independent Radio station in the Republic of Ireland. ... Dublins 98FM is an Independent Local Radio station in Dublin, Ireland, operated by Radio Two Thousand Limited, a subsidiary of Denis OBriens Communicorp Limited, under a sound broadcasting contract from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. ... East Coast FM (formerly known as BLB, Horizon FM, then East Coast Radio) is an Irish local radio station broadcasting from Bray, County Wicklow. ... RTÉ Choice (Irish: RTÉ Rogha) is an Irish radio station broadcasting on DAB only, as part of RTÉs digital radio lineup. ... RTÉ 2XM is an Irish radio station broadcasting on DAB only, as part of RTÉs digital radio lineup. ...


Multiplexes

  • Mux1 - Ch.54 (Three Rock) Ch.53 (Claremont) - (Reserved for existing terrestrial services)
  • Mux2 - Ch.61 (Three Rock) Ch.57 ?(Claremont) - (Reserved for selected "content managers")
  • Mux3 - Ch.58 (Three Rock) Ch.60 (Claremont) - (Half reserved for selected "content managers" half reserved for future unspecified use)
  • Mux4 - Ch.64 (Three Rock) Ch.?? (Claremont) - (Reserved for "innovative content". Currently used to test MPEG4)
  • Mux5&6 - (not yet operational) -reserved for "innovative content".

Broadcasting (Amendment) Act 2007 This is an Act of the Republic of Ireland Parliament (in Irish called the Oireachtas-(consisting of the Chamber of Deputies or Daíl and Senate or Seanad) not to be confused with British broadcasting Acts and concern Irish Analogue broadcasting systems and establishment of Digital Terrestrial Television by the...


References

  1. ^ Green Party/Comhaontas Glas - 'Green Party backs all-island corporation tax and free digital TV services'

External links

  • BCI content manager applications
  • boards.ie reception reports
  • DCMNR press release
  • News and details on the DVB trials
  • DVB Project
  • Technical info with screenshots
  • [4] The Irish Government Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources website, section on broadcasting acts in the Republic of Ireland
  • [5] The Oirechtas online version of the Broadcasting (Amendment) Act 2007 Act Number 15 of the Houses of the Oireachtas 2007
  • [6] Consultation on DTT Multiplexes, Commission for Communications Regulation (radiowave spectrum regulator).
  • [7]Commission for Communications Regulation, "Response to Licensing Digital Terrestrial Television", Document 07/90
  • [8]Commission for Communications Regulation, " License for Digital Terrestrial Television", Document 07/90a.
  • [9]Commission for Communications Regulation, "Technical Conditions for Digital Terrestrial Television", Document 07/90b.
  • [10]Commission for Communications Regulation, "ComReg published License framework for Digital Terrestrial Television", Document: PR09 1107.
  • [11]Silicon Republic.com "DTT licences will cost operators €114k", by John Kennedy
  • [12]Department of Communications commencement order of the Act 15 by the previous Minister for Communications, Ireland in April 2007
  • [13]Information on ComReg's role in Irish broadcasting spectrum regulation

 
 

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