Villagers angry they need 'unsightly dishes' to get TV signal
HOUSEHOLDERS in a small village are going to have to install "unsightly" satellite dishes to receive any TV signal.
Annascaul in west Kerry was left with no TV signal as the country went digital today. The only option open to people in the area is to install a Saorsat dish at a cost of up to €350.
James Knightly, who installs satellite dishes and aerials, says the mast should have been upgraded but RTE has said it was not in a position to do this.
"Many people would have bought a Saorview compatible television and when they turn it on today they'll realise it doesn't work," he said.
Mr Knightly said the only way around the problem was to install a Saorsat dish and box, hooked up to their television sets.
"These dishes are very large and unsightly and they will make a small rural village in west Kerry look like something from a 'Star Wars' film," he said.