BBC and ITV Digital to be available island wide?

Reader Bob Wilson calls our attention to the launch of a freeview satellite service which will bring all of the BBC and UTV offerings to those parts of NI which currently can’t receive them. However, Bob argues that using satellite that the full, unencrypted, BBC digital service should also be available to anyone with the equipment to receive it.

He believes the consequences may not be trivial:

When BBC shifted to unencrypted in ‘these islands’ (ie unencrypted over ‘British Isles’ as opposed to encrypted over Western Europe) a few years back the Southern Government was livid. (One D Ahern was Comms Min!). This will undermine RTE’s position but more notably could complete undermine the commercial viability of TV3.

  • George

    I’ve had BBC 1,2,3 and 4 free with a humble satellite dish on the roof of my house in Cork for a year now. All the regional variations too as well as ITV 3.

    Is this the same thing?

  • Mick Fealty

    Sounds like it George. Perhaps it’s a red herring?

  • Aaron

    What’s going to happen is ITV 1/UTV, and ITV2, will no longer be encrypted. It is a big deal, first in terms of copyright (for example, Setanta has RoI F1 rights), and secondly, in terms of the broadcast inflicting damage on RTE.

  • willis

    What will be different is that ITV1&2 and all regional variations will also be available Free to Air.

  • D’Oracle

    Not an issue.

    Terrestrial channels -digital or analogue, are for local news and are otherwise obsolete with increasing %@ with French, German Spanish as well as Irish or English

    €150 or thereabouts over buys you an idiot-proof installed FTA tuner and 80cm dish with 100+ europe wide channels just on Astra and Hotbird alone.

  • D’Oracle

    No longer a problem.

    Terrestrial channels -digital or analogue, are useful for national or local news but are otherwise obselescent

    With increasing % with French, German Spanish as well as Irish or English, €150 or thereabouts buys an idiot-proof instal of a digital FTA tuner and 60/80cm dish with 150+ europe wide channels just on Astra and Hotbird alone.

  • beano

    Think you’re jumping the gun a bit D’oracle. Admittedly I’ve only got Freeview, but even on NTL the first channels I flick to are 1-4, but particularly the BBC.

    I’ve no problem with this, as long as the BBC don’t follow UTV down the “not-so-local local programming” route.

  • aquifer

    In this Ireland of equals what is the easiest way to get RTE? Have the NI nationalist parties any interest in getting general access to RTE or is national broadcasting a bit threatening to their own local narrowcasting franchise?

  • Aaron

    “Have the NI nationalist parties any interest in getting general access to RTE or is national broadcasting a bit threatening to their own local narrowcasting franchise”

    It’s now available in NI on Sky.

  • 9countyprovience

    For as long as I could remember, we could get all the British terrestrial channels from the aerial on our roof in the wild hills of Cavan. On a good day, you could even see the soft porn delights that were on channel 5. It’s all irrelevant this day in age anyway. It only matters now which channel can start showing American series’ first. RTE seem to be winning in this regard. My view is if there is nothing on Discovery, there’s nothing on at all.

  • El Matador

    Have the NI nationalist parties any interest in getting general access to RTE

    On the contrary, the SDLP has been lobbying for the extension of southern TV to the north in its full technicolor glory for some time. TG4 broadcasts now exist in Belfast (pursuant to the Good Friday Agreement) and the SDLP is currently lobbying for the RTÉ to be similarly available. Copyright problems have retarded this in the past, but with RTÉ now available on Sky, this should provide a precedent for southern channels to be properly broadcast in the north, rather than having to stick a 20-foot aerial on the roof to get a fuzzy three-headed Pat Kenny on-screen.

    SDLP statement 1


    “>SDLP statement 2

    SDLP statement 3

  • El Matador

    Sorry- this is the link to statement 2:

    SDLP statement 2