Northern Ireland RTE1, RTE2, TG4 special mini-multiplex from 24 October
From 24 October 2012, a special selection of services from the Republic of Ireland will be broadcast to homes in Northern Ireland. This will consist of a special multiplex from three transmitters in Northern Ireland, and intentional transmitter overspill from the Republic.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to note, however, that you MUST have Freeview HD (DVB-T2) equipment to receive RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 - even though the services are NOT provided in high definition from the Northern Ireland transmitters.
However, even though Saorview broadcasts in DVB-T mode, it uses the MPEG4 "compression" system - most UK non-HD boxes use MPEG2 (apart from BT Vision boxes, which support MPEG4). So, again, you will need a Freeview HDbox.
It is possible that the Freeview HDbox will not place the channels on these numbers, but in the 800-899 range.
The Saorview trasmitter pages show the information like this:
Multiplex Broadcasting Services N I Ltd is the not-for-profit joint venture formed by RTE and TG4 to operate a new additional multiplex from a small number of transmission sites in Northern Ireland. The UK and Republic of Ireland Governments Memorandum of Understanding of February 2010 confirmed their intention to make TG4 available on digitalterrestrial TV to much of Northern Ireland and to also facilitate the provision of RTE One and RTE Two through NImux or overspill from Saorview (the Republic of Ireland digital TV service).
Ofcom predicts that NIMM services will reach 76% of the population in Northern Ireland and that Saorview overspill will reach 56% of Northern Ireland viewers. Ofcom also predicts that the combined NIMM and Saorview coverage will reach 93.3% of Northern Ireland viewers.
P. Kieran Ward: Yes, Paddy may be able to receive UHF channel 39 from Black Mountain.
However it broadcasts horizontally and the other channels from the Black Mountain relay are vertically polarised. That said, C39 is much higher power so that will help with the receiving aerial being at opposite polarisation to the signal.
mrdtv: I live in East Sussex, UK and I often have my Irish relatives to stay. Where they live in Co Leitrim they have a choice of the NI British channels and also the Irish channels. They keep asking me why I can't get the Irish Republic channels. I have assumed that it's because I'm too far away. I only have a freeviewbox and don't currently subscribe to a satelite network. I did read a post on another website that it's something to do with media rights, and that it wouldn't be available even if I did subscribe to Sky or the like. I would be grateful for any advice. Many thanks. Nell
Obviously you can't pick up a terrestrial signal from Ireland. You won't get a satellite signal (Saorsat) either because the footprint doesn't cover the UK mainland. So you aren't likely to be able to watch RTE etc at your location.
The reason is as you suggest - it's to do with rights.
You could look to see if you could watch online, although I suspect you'll be disappointed. BBC iPlayer, for example, prohibits viewing outside of the UK and this is for the same reason.
Gregory : The fact that you are in Co Derry would suggest that you are receiving from one of the Saorviewtransmitters in the South. Try manually scanning the UHF channel of the transmitter you are using.