Thanks Watty, is there a launch date set for this?
I've asked some guys in the press to try find out what satellite they (RTE) have in mind (if they themselves know)
You should be deleted. This thread is clearly about the announcement of a FTA satellite service.
Just throwing this question out there but is this of any benefit to those of us who can receive Irish DTT anyway?
It's not like it's going to provide a one box solution with Irish and UK channels with one 7 day EPG.
My initial excitement has petered out when I realised there would be more expense and different equipment involved. So, really, IMHO this is only of benefit to those who cannot receive Irish DTT.
The announcement was for the PSB (and TV3) channels so if you have DTT then there would be nothing to get giddy about. IMO of course.
Well the RTE CFO believes that a SD DTT picture (RTE on test DTT) is better than a HD satellite picture (BBC HD), so probably not!
When more equipment becomes available later, it might make more sense. (I.e. better EPG integration, etc.).
Possibly but I think if they use the right satellite (astra 2 would be my preference but seems unlikely ) and get a good one box solution it could actually kill DTT in the long term in my opinion.
So to summarise.
DTT coverage for at least 90 percent of population,
This new System to cover the rest, the perfect excuse not to replace relays.
Sky to continue to charge for it's encrypted RTE signal
Frankly it's a bit of a cop out. Those that have sky boxes and stop subscribing (which is far more likely to happen in the months to come!) will have to get either A DTT TV or box to keep receiving RTE.
A FTV card using the sky system would have been a more sensible option but I don't have to tell that to people on here.
I'm not disappointed with RTE. It's done it too often before. It's Like being in an emotionally dead relationship where you stay together for other reasons than love.
Oh, yes, agreed, if we could have got it on the same sat with equipment we already have then it'd have been a winner but alas...
Not sure FTV Card scheme is viable (especially given the subsidy level required to just serve 2% population). There'd still be a massive encryption bill to pay (assuming the Sky deal would quickly go sour if there was any mention of FTA or an FTV card scheme).
We can only hope that EU regulation will catch up on Sky before we realise that dream of a Sky box, without sub, getting RTE, I think.
Neither was I . I have 4 dishes in my back garden.
Well even if it is hotbird as Watty suggests its not a complete disaster as both hotbird and astra 2 can be received on the same dish so with the right lnb's and switching the satellite choice would be transparent to the receiver. I fear though if it means larger dishes this will be an obstacle to take up.
Launch date Q3 2010 originally for the most likely candidate.
Seems to have slipped
Also some confusion if it's 9E or 13E
Originally discussed as 13E when I met Tooway guys 2 years ago. But now seems to be 9E.
Pluses: 9E is MUCH better elevation than 28.E Sky/Freesat. Less likely trees/roof block. Fitting on rear of roof overlooking house easier.
Minus: while a 9E/13E combo Ka/Ku is possible a 9E ka/ 28E Ku combo is very challanging (one Dish rule)
This demo dish/feed may infact be 13E ku on front LNB and 9E ka on disk reflector/rear BUC+LNB
Dark rectangular box is power Amp for transmitter. 3 IF cables. Ku TV, Ka Internet Downlinkk + TV and Ka Internet uplink. Ka TV can only use one polarisation if Internet is installed.
The Ireland Spot on Kasat would only need maybe 40cm for TV Receive only. Internet works on staggeringly small 43cm compared to 95cm mostly needed now.
Yep 9e and 28 is a non runner in my opinion.
Let's all prepare to be let down by RTE (again)-that way we won't be disappointed.
Of course for 2% of population it's not viable. However, there are a huge amount of people who have SKY now who only pay to receive RTE. If RTE was free there would be a huge move over to A FTV card.
I don't have the exact figure but at the moment RTE claim that roughly 98% can get the analogue signal. However, in a lot of cases in the 85-98% range that signal is poor to say the least.
Obviously with DTT you either get it or you don't. However, the way RTE operate their claim that 98% will be covered has to be viewed with suspicion.
As you point out yourself, they really know what they're talking about!!!