"PSB" UTV Ireland announces Sky, cable and DTT carriage

UTV has been given the Irish equivalent of commercial Public Service Broadcaster status in the Republic of Ireland, one month before its new service for South of the Border goes live.

The news was accompanied by details of how and where viewers in Ireland will be able to watch the new channel:

Ireland's Minister for Communications, Alex White, T.D., signed an order designating the new UTV Ireland television service for carriage on Irish Digital Terrestrial TV service Saorview following a determination that UTV Ireland will be "a television service having the character of a public service", under section 130 of Ireland's Broadcasting Act 2009.

The ad-funded UTV Ireland will appear on the Sky RoI EPG on channel 116, on UPC cable channel 110 and eVision channel 108. Its channel number on Saorview is to be "allocated shortly." (Update 04/12/2014: it's Saorview channel 6)

John McCann, the Group Chief Executive of UTV Media plc welcomed the announcement. He said:  "this designation was important for the purposes of ensuring appropriate prominence for UTV Ireland on the various platforms, allowing us to offer Irish viewers an increased choice of high quality content."

UTV Ireland's schedule will be filled with shows available in the UK on the ITV/STV/UTV network, thanks to a deal UTV made with ITV Studios. These include daytime TV staple Lorraine and popular soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, which move from rival Irish broadcaster TV3.

Unlike UTV Northern Ireland, which as Channel 3 licence holder is affiliated with ITV, and along with STV have arrangements facilitating free-to-air satellite transmission, UTV Ireland can only show ITV programmes in the Republic of Ireland, which is why the satellite/Sky version of the service will be encrypted.

Alongside ITV programmes, UTV Ireland will feature homegrown shows and will offer the comprehensive Irish news service provided on commercial TV in the Irish Republic.

Tests for both UTV Ireland HD and standard definition have been identified by satellite TV experts. Broadcasting from the Astra 2F satellite, the service is due to appear on the following frequencies:


UTV Ireland HD (4037)  Irish Sky subscribers
Satellite
Astra 2F
Broadcast standard
DVB-S2
Frequency
12012
Polarisation
Vertical
Symbol Rate
29500 (29.5Mbaud)
FEC
3/4
 

UTV Ireland SD (4012)  Irish Sky subscribers
Satellite
Astra 2F
Broadcast standard
DVB-S
Frequency
12188
Polarisation
Horizontal
Symbol Rate
22000 (22.0Mbaud)
FEC
2/3

Update: UTV's Michael Wilson has confirmed in a blog post that viewers will see a 'barker' service promoting the launch of UTV Ireland prior to its official launch on 1st January.
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2 comments:

  1. if you cant access utv Ireland how are you suppose to watch soaps:(

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  2. In the Republic of Ireland, UTV Ireland is carried on every digital TV platform that TV3 is carried on. On Saorview, it's carried on the same frequencies as RTÉ One, for example.

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