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RTÉ One HD arrives on satellite

UPDATE | Sky and RTÉ are launching the high definition version of RTÉ One on satellite, just in time for the festive viewing period.

Nearly two years since the HD version of RTÉ One launched on terrestrial and cable services in the Irish Republic, viewers will now be able to access RTÉ One HD on channel 101 in place of the standard definition version. The channel is currently testing on satellite.

A Sky representive initially announced that RTÉ One HD was launching on Sky Ireland on 10th December, this was postponed and later confirmed as taking place on 14th December.

With the launch of RTÉ One HD, timeshift channel RTÉ One+1 will also launch on channel 115 for all Sky Republic of Ireland viewers (not Northern Ireland). RTÉ Jr and News Now are also testing on satellite, but there hasn't been any formal announcement about these channel's positions on Sky yet.

Sky HD households will see standard definition versions of RTÉ One and RTÉ2 move to channels 277 and 278 as part of the changes. Viewers with Sky's standard definition service will continue to receive the existing RTÉ SD channels on 101 and 102.

As part of the changes, which follow on from a deal between the Irish public broadcaster and Sky, announced back in September, RTÉ's TV services are moving to new frequencies: standard definition services are moving to Astra 2E 12266 H (SR 27500 FEC:5/6), and broadcast encrypted via the satellite's Europe beam, which will please the Irish Diaspora who have taken their Sky boxes to the continent. RTÉ News Now is coming soon to the platform.

RTÉ One HD is on Astra 2E, 10936 V (SR: 23000, FEC 2/3) - this is a UK spotbeam transponder.

  • RTÉ access on Sky is dependent on a Sky viewing card registered in Ireland. Only RTÉ Radio is available to Sky users in England, Wales and Scotland. 


  1. Will RTE News Now be free to air in the UK? News services are not normally encrypted and it is freely available on the RTE website.

  2. Paul good point but how do they fund the cost of the transmission. the website is cheaper!

  3. The article above has been updated to confirm that the launch, initially announced by a Sky representative is delayed. We'll update the site as soon as we can find out further information.


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