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Saorview (freeview) Launches In Ireland


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#1 mel816

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 10:59 AM

Now doing trial broadcasts with full launch expected in the second quarter of 2011 with a satellite version ("Saorsat") launching soon afterwards:

Saorview/Freeview Ireland

Saorview DTT will be using DVB-T with MPEG4 coding (just like NZ) while Saorsat will be using DVB-S2

#2 pgdownload

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:23 PM

Digital launch in 2011. Analogue shutdown in 2012. Now that's how you do it :)

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:03 PM

Minimum Specifications

I notice the receiver must be able to display 1920 x 1080 p/50 frame/s
Its a pity they did not specify DVB-T2 to cope with Full HD @ 50 frame/s.
They have specified the latest audio and video compression, along with MHEG-5 middleware.

Peter,
You miss the fact that there will be no analog TV broadcasts in the whole of the EU's 520 million people. after the end of 2012.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:06 PM

Peter,
You miss the fact that there will be no analog TV broadcasts in the whole of the EU's 520 million people. after the end of 2012.

AlanH


Maybe the Mayans were on about this being the end of the world in 2012...

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 05:46 PM

They have specified the latest audio and video compression, along with MHEG-5 middleware.


Well no. No they haven't. What has been specified?

Video:
MPEG-4 AVC
MPEG-2

Audio:
MPEG1 L2
AC3
HEAAC

These are not the 'latest' in the video and audio arena, but they are what is supported by today's decoders.

#6 mel816

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 07:03 PM

Minimum Specifications

I notice the receiver must be able to display 1920 x 1080 p/50 frame/s
Its a pity they did not specify DVB-T2 to cope with Full HD @ 50 frame/s.
They have specified the latest audio and video compression, along with MHEG-5 middleware.

AlanH


The specifications for Saorview were finalised well before even the draft DVB-T2 spec was released as the Irish DTT system was supposed to have been launched back in 2008/9 as an FTA/Subscription hybrid (like Boxer in Sweden and the original UK OnDigital) but after the pay-TV consortium that was supposed to run it pulled out at the last minute, the DTT launch was postponed and revamped to the present all-FTA Saorview

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 02:59 PM

Maybe the Mayans were on about this being the end of the world in 2012...

Damn those Mayans were good!

How could they possibly know that Senator Conroy would be responsible for the changeover?

#8 mel816

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 01:13 AM

Here's Saorview's initial official channel lineup: Saorview Television Channels and Services

Not much compared to the UK's Freeview, but more channels would probably be added after analogue switch off in 2012