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.