Technical changes to the Saorview digital terrestrial television service in October have paved the way for the launch, with RTÉ One moving to a new, second multiplex of digital channels available free-to-air to viewers in the Republic of Ireland and parts of Northern Ireland via a regular aerial.
In recent weeks, an upscaled version of RTÉ One has been present on Saorview. RTÉ One HD will replace the standard definition service, following the lead of RTÉ Two, which already transmits in HD.
Viewers in Northern Ireland with a TV compatible with MPEG4 (most pan-European TV models) or a Freeview HD certification (which includes MPEG4 compatibility) and who are able to receive a TV signal directly from South of the Border will be able to benefit from the new HD channel.
It is not be confused with the RTÉ service, broadcast in parts of Northern Ireland from transmitters within the province via Freeview channels 52 and 53, which will remain in standard definition, despite requiring a Freeview HD certified receiver.
According to the report in the Irish Times, RTÉ One HD will join Sky's Irish channel line-up shortly after the Saorview launch. With a platform change freeze for Christmas at hand, the addition of RTÉ One HD will likely take place in the new year.
The Saorview website has reception advice for viewers in Northern Ireland >