That new Christmas TV could soon be useless
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.