New DTT plans from RTÉ
Ireland’s public broadcaster RTÉ has released a plan for a two multiplex DTT system which will include high definition channels and a Freesat-style service to reach the 2% outside the reach of terrestrial coverage.
The new plan takes in to account the failure to find an operator for the five multiplex commercial services previously proposed. These services were to run alongside a single multiplex assigned to RTÉ.
The first multiplex will broadcast using MPEG-4 coded DVB-T starting by Q3 2011 and will carry RTÉ 1, RTÉ 2, TV3 and sister channel 3e, TG4, and RTÉ News. A seventh channel would timeslice RTÉ Children, Euronews and RTÉ+1.
The second multiplex planned to start after ASO in 2012 is likely to carry high definition versions of the main channels and possibly an Irish film channel and a parliamentary channel.
Both DTT multiplexes will receivable by 98% of the population.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 17th July 2010