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Friday 24 February 2017

How analogue switch-off affects you

RTE will switch off the analogue broadcasting signal in Ireland on October 24 this year, and the free digital TV service Saorview -- which is operated by a subsidiary of RTE -- will then be the only place that viewers will be able to watch the terrestrial channels RTE1, RTE2, TV3 and TG4 without paying.

Saorview also offers a number of add-on channels such as RTE 2HD and RTE Junior -- again all free of charge.

It means people will no longer be able to receive their Irish TV channels via their aerial unless they get a Saorview-approved TV or a Saorview set-top box.

UK channels such as BBC and ITV will no longer be available anywhere via a rooftop aerial, but they are already available free along with over 100 other digital channels via Freesat if you have a satellite dish.

The total cost of buying and installing a new Saorview aerial and satellite system to get both Irish and British stations is around €300 to €380 -- but there are no further monthly or yearly charges.

Irish Independent

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