That new Christmas TV could soon be useless
Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00
CHRISTMAS shoppers are in danger of buying digital TVs that are not compatible with the new Irish digital service and will be useless in a year's time.
At the end of 2012, Saorview, Ireland's new digital service, will be up and running.
By that time, all Irish homes need to upgrade their TV sets to receive a digital signal to watch RTE One, RTE Two, TV3 and TG4 as the analogue terrestrial television network -- which is the system of watching television stations through an outdoor or indoor aerial -- will be switched off.
Fine Gael TD and consumer protection spokeswoman Olivia Mitchell warned shoppers buying a new digital TV this Christmas to make sure the set is MPEG4-compatible.
"Most good retailers are advising customers accordingly; however, TVs which are only MPEG2 compatible may still be available for sale in some shops," she said.
"Buying the wrong TV now may mean viewers having to buy a separate set-top box in order to receive the new Irish service."
Declan Ronayne, managing director of Currys and PC World, said: "All of the price tags of TVs in our stores have a sticker indicating their compatibility with the new digital service.
"The main thing is, if you are a SKY or UPC customer MPEG2 and MPEG4 won't make a difference -- your television will work -- so you have nothing at all to worry about," he added.