RTE CFO speaking at Seanad committee announces that RTE will launch a Saorsat service with spot beam on Ireland of FTA PSB channels from Q2 2011. Presume Astra 28.2 but he didnt say.
RTÉ will be going FTA on satellite? That certainly is interesting.
If this date is realistic, then all I can say is ........ "Your move, Sky".
I wish Sky would let you edit the EPG, as in the order of channels and let you add other channels in to it including recording them.
Native content only I presume as rights issues for imports would be a factor in stopping 100% FTA transmission of RTE1 & 2 in their current format. Is "RTE International" back in play then?
Full service was indicated as coverage for last 2% that wont be covered by DTT..it may not be 28.2
It will either be FTA RTE International
FTV Irish TV using "Real Digital TV" viewing card (non-Sky box and cam needed)
It's not feasible to have a Spot that only covers Ireland. Even if it's Hotbird Kasat. All of UK would just simply be a bigger dish.
If it's really FTA (not FTV), then someone is deluded into thinking this is possible with kasat on 13E simply because for Internet use there are two spots needed. But Receive Only is not so fussy. If a 45cm Ka dish works in Dundalk or Wexford then all of UK on a 65cm in Wales and 95cm in London.
It will be interesting to see what this is really about. Even RTE only content is problematic for an FTA RTE International.
I would suspect its FTV...but he said FTA but then again he is an accountant
Interesting indeed! Still wondering though how are they going to get around the imports rights issue though. A spot beam over Ireland, but not the UK would be well nigh impossible from 28.2E no?!
EDIT: as slegs says above, would have to be FTV to get around this.
It wouldn't be the first time that FTV was confused with FTA. But if FTV is the intention why go on about a spot beam that covers Ireland?
This only makes sense if its FTV over the UK why target Ireland?
rte player link to commitee
Someone is asking why use DTT and Sat to cover Ireland.
That's why I wonder if they mean kasat @13E which is due to launch Sept/Oct 2010
It's mainly for Tooway Satellite Internet, but can be used for television.
Needs a Ka Band LNB.
A combo dish for Ku on 28.2E (UK free TV) and Ka 13E is impossible but very DIY. existing combo is for Ka and Ku both on 13E
Front LNB is ordinary Ku band.
The disk is transparent to Ku Band and reflects KaBand.
The gear on the arm is Ka band LNB and the BUC to transmit for two way on Internet.
A 28E LNB would be offset to west by about 15cm. A larger dish would be needed with that amount of offset even for Sky.
It's possible the idea is to only use the western most (yellow colour) spot and not have 100% Satellite Coverage. That would give satellite coverage to areas hardest for DTT. UK Reception would be very sparse and very few areas
Same colour spots are same frequencies I believe, so as you make your dish bigger to catch out of area signal (like 4m dish for Astra 2D) you are blocked by a closer spot from same satellite with same frequencies.
If they used three spots to give 100% NI and South coverage, then Most of UK could use one or other of the out of area spots.
Conclusion: Fill in ka band spot to complement DTT is possible totally FTA.
Spec would be
- ka band LNB
- 45cm dish (really small)
- Existing HD DVB-S2 (not cheap DVB-s freesat or Lidl) setboxes or IDTVs, but maybe same Saorview EPG/Middleware MHEG5
Right, satellite is a fail safe as much as coverage for the 2% who cannot get a terrestrial signal.
1.5 million a year to run.
DTT better than BBC HD? Anyone like to comment?
The RTÉ guy has just announced that during the World Cup the PQ on RTÉ Two via DTT was better than the PQ on BBC HD via satellite.
This whole thing is a joke.
He has just confirmed Ka Band for satellite.
He confirms Ka band is proposed option for Saorsat