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Sky News being added to Saorview

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  • Registered Users Posts: 728 ✭✭✭ Easten


    imho this is some sort of Brexit move to keep Sky within the EU. Why else would they bother at this stage, they must have all the customers they can get. The amount of people who would want Sky news but would not have a Satellite, Cable or streaming service in Ireland wouldn't fill a mini bus



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,936 ✭✭✭ AllForIt


    The amount of people who would want Sky news but would not have a Satellite, Cable or streaming service in Ireland wouldn't fill a mini bus

    I don't know about that.

    I gave up on satellite 5 years ago as I basically got used to watching everything online, including Sky News HD on Youtube, on the telly.

    Surely satellite and cable are on the way out, unless they offer some sort of streaming service added in.

    Personally I think satellite and cable are old hat now. With internet you can ditch all the apparatus that goes with it, the sat boxes and all that. They can't provide on demand which is the way to go, much better.

    At least with terrestrial all you need is an aerial and plug it straight into the TV without a box. Even a portable aerial will do these days, low cost.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,528 ✭✭✭ elperello


    The Saorview only households would be mostly older people with no younger ones at home.

    Low cost option for pensioners with the free licence all they have to do is plug in the telly.



  • Registered Users Posts: 371 ✭✭ larchill


    Didn't know that Saorview now contained Sky News until I saw this post 😀 Good to 👀 Pity that they wouldn't add some other channels: BBC News, CNN etc 🤔 It's a very under utilised platform compared to Freeview in the UK.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,172 ✭✭✭ lertsnim


    Saorview don't add channels to the lineup. It is up to broadcasters to approach Saorview to be added.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 371 ✭✭ larchill


    But what if Saorview (whoever they are 🤔) wish to add additional channels?



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,563 ✭✭✭ dulpit


    Saorview is just the platform. It's up to the various broadcasters to join it.



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 87,003 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Capt'n Midnight


    There's lots of spare bandwidth and lots of free channels. But TV3 took them to court so anyone going on Saorview has to pay full commercial rates regardless of whether they provide a public broadcasting service or are just regurgitating old UK FTA programs



  • Registered Users Posts: 1 Aidan McCarthy


    I wish saorview could get some UK tv channels like Channel 4 too like sky news is on saorview



  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,488 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Those channels can get appropriate licences and bandwidth if they want. Saorview is the platform and has no control over channels.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭ Ballycommon Mast


    Was there any photo OP of the minister signing a paper declaring sky news a public service channel to enable it go on Saorview? There was for UTV Ireland and Irish TV



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,563 ✭✭✭ dulpit


    Is saorview just for public service broadcasters? I assume any commercial entity can join assuming they pay up?



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 87,003 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Capt'n Midnight



    Broadcasting act 2009 114.— (1) The objects of RTÉ are— ... (i) to establish, maintain, and operate one or more national multiplexes, ... (j) so far as it is reasonably practicable, to exploit such commercial opportunities as may arise in pursuit of the objects outlined in paragraphs (a) to (i).

    But thanks to a court ruling RTE have been limited in what they can do to exploit commercial opportunities. No special offers , no discounted carriage of FTA channels, no loss leaders. RTE have to charge the same for Public Service Broadcasters as for channels that for practical purposes only exist in low definition versions to advertise their HD wares on their subscription services.



  • Registered Users Posts: 787 ✭✭✭ marclt


    TV3 would have done better to not go to court probably.

    Sky clearly use their saorview service as a shop window to their other channels just as they do with Pick TV and Sky News on freeview.

    Channel 5 does the same with it’s offerings.

    Why does Virgin carry on with Three variations of the same? They can’t all be commercially viable?



  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 87,003 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Capt'n Midnight


    Sky Virgin clearly use their saorview service as a shop window to their other channels.

    AFAIK Virgin have to transmit Free To Air to retain sports rights. They are hogging single digit channel numbers too. TV3 jumped ahead of TnaG who had to rename to TG4 so there's history of this. I'd imagine if Virgin left saorview TG3 would fill that slot.



  • Registered Users Posts: 782 ✭✭✭ petronius


    SKY News is a welcome addition to Saorview, they had a variation with Irish targeted adverts anywys.

    It is a pity that BBC 1 NI, UTV, and maybe BBC News were obliged to be on Saorview in some GFA/Belfast Agreement initiative allowing RTE & TG4 to be on Freeview in the North.



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,615 ✭✭✭✭ The Cush


    RTE and TG4 /RnaG are available on Freeview in NI from a limited number of transmitters since 2012 under an MoU signed back in 2010. Saorview has a large overspill into NI also.

    As regards the UK channels on Saorview this would have to be part of a commercial venture to cover carriage, transmission and any fees required by the broadcasters



  • Registered Users Posts: 25,960 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    Pointless when they're already available free to air all over Ireland on satellite.

    Make our National Maternity Hospital Public and Secular

    #MakeNMHOurs

    Annoy your TDs now!!!



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