menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Archive (2002-)



Click to see updates

Northern Ireland "mini multiplex" (NIMM)

I have added information to the UK Free TV database to cover the so-called mini-multiplex that will carry three Irish channels, TG4, RTE1 and RTE2 in a very special multiplex from three transmitters in Northern Ireland.

I have added information to the UK Free TV database to cover th
published on UK Free TV

A special service for 80%-90% of households in Northern Ireland will see three Freeview additional channels being available. These will be:

Some homes will be able to receive the services directly from the Saorview transmitters in the RoI (see SAORVIEW - Ireland's free digital television service ), and others will, from the digital switchover date of Wednesday 24th October 2012, have a service provided from three Freeview transmitters in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland RTE1 RTE2 TG4 minimux transmitters

However, you will not be able to view these services using a standard-definition Freeview receiver - a Freeview HD box or set will be required. It is not known at this time if the NIMM will carry RTE2 in HD, as per the Saorview service. TG4 and RTE1 are broadcast in standard definition at the moment.

The requirement for a Freeview HD receiver is because the services are being broadcasting in "D-Book Option 11", which uses the DVB-T2 standard ("a new mode, option 11, is being planned for a multiplex in Northern Ireland. Receivers should be able to switch between these automatically", D-Book 7, DTG164 is defined in appendix G as: FFT size 32k, 16QAM modulation, 1/128 guard interval, PP7, FEC 64800). Digital Television - Technical guidance on the availability of TG4 in Northern Ireland after digital switchover says that Option 11 is: DVB-T2 16QAM FEC 1/2.

Update: DVB-T2 16QAM FEC 1/2 provides a bitrate for the multiplex of 12.77Mb/s.

Update: DVB-T2, QPSK modulation, FEC 2/3, 32K carriers, 9.954 Mbit/s.

Help with Freeview, aerials?
How do I get a test card with Freeview1
I would like to know if it is possible to receive UK terrestrial Freeview servic2
I have been told I would receive too much singal from my Freeview tansmitter as 3
Can my Freeview box receive more than one BBC and ITV region?4
Is it true that my 87 year old mother is entitled to a FREE upgrade when the ana5
In this section
Should the UK close down the TV networks to allow for more mobile broadband? 1
UK Digital switchover ends - Northern Ireland completes on 24th October 20122
The last day of analogue television in the UK - goodbye PAL3
2 days left of analogue television - goodbye teletext4
3 days of analogue to go - goodbye to NICAM 7285
Changes to Saorview frequencies and power levels, 24th October 20126

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

10:54 PM

I think that RTE 1 and 2 and TG4 should also be put on freesat and cable and sky F T A just like freeview to mirrior freeview on all platforms in northern Ireland dose any body agree with me

link to this comment
Conor's 60 posts GB flag

11:57 PM

Conor: There is no way RTE would consider going free-to-air on the Sky /Freesat group of satellites as such a move would cause problems with TV rights with the signal being available over so many countries in Europe. That is why Saorsat is using a satellite which does not reach beyond Wales. There are many viewers in England who would welcome the chance to receive RTE, but sadly real choice has actually gone down (without using equipment to receive from other orbital positions) since satellite transmission was first introduced on Astra 1A in the early days of Sky.

link to this comment
KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 26 June 2012

2:40 PM

I have seen boards where Saorsat is being received in Devon and Avon.70% signal strength.

link to this comment
Richard's 98 posts IE flag
Tuesday, 3 July 2012

4:16 PM

the people who have freeview are going to have to move to freesat because this 4g is a lot worse than what they are saying Bt vision are starting to go down the freesat route to get over this they have told me that they are in talks with freesat box manufactures so rte may go on to freesat any way to satisfy the good friday agreement

link to this comment
Conor's 60 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Andy boyd
3:48 PM

My freeview line up has all the rte channels in placement at present, is it possible i will get all channels in october when the switch over happens, i live in antrim

link to this comment
Andy boyd's 1 post GB flag
Peter Henderson

8:52 PM


I've been told, in no uncertain terms, that RTE will never, ever, be on Freesat, ever.

It's all down to rights issues. Apparently the Irish government believe that if RTE were free to air ad 28.2 degrees east, millions of people in the UK (and all across Europe) would be tuning in and watching their programmes (some US series air before the UK, or are exclusive to RTE for example).

Hence Saorsat, which has a very narrow spot beam and will not be receivable in the UK (apart from west Wales, South West England, and maybe South West Scotland), and the need for the NI mux.

Personally, I think Saorsat may be a dead duck, in my opinion (lack of equipment for example, will installers even bother ?).

Still, time will tell.

It'll be interesting to see Clermont Cairn's coverage after October 24th.

link to this comment
Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB flag
Peter Henderson

9:07 PM

Andy: Re. RTE on Freesat after October 24th.

Definitely no.

link to this comment
Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB flag
Peter Henderson

9:09 PM

Andy: Sorry, thought you w2ere talking about Freesat.

You should get Saorview after DSO if you have good analogue reception at present.

link to this comment
Peter Henderson's 240 posts GB flag
Saturday, 29 September 2012
joe mc keown
12:04 AM

i have bought a triax t2-td pvr is there any way of connecting to internet to receive extra channels triax says it cannot be done i connected it up the other night i got the conection it lasted for about 15 teen minutes then losted it it did not work since could any body help me

link to this comment
joe mc keown's 5 posts GB flag
Sunday, 7 October 2012
9:05 PM

Why will rte not broadcast via Freeview transmitter in limavady making it 100% available in northern Ireland?

link to this comment
Helen's 9 posts IE flag
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentUK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.