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Northern Ireland RTE1, RTE2, TG4 special mini-multiplex from 24 October

From 24 October 2012, a special selection of services from the Republic of Ireland will be broadcast to homes in Northern Ireland. This will consist of a special multiplex from three transmitters in Northern Ireland, and intentional transmitter overspill from the Republic.

From 24 October 2012, a special selection of services from the
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Following on from the 1st February 2012, article Northern Ireland "mini multiplex" (NIMM), here is a summary of the services that will be available to most Freeview homes in Northern Ireland.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to note, however, that you MUST have Freeview HD (DVB-T2) equipment to receive RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 - even though the services are NOT provided in high definition from the Northern Ireland transmitters.

Many homes in the province will be able to get a special "Northern Ireland" mini-multiplex from one of three transmitters - Brougher Mountain (Enniskillen AND Omagh) , Black Mountain and Carnmoney Hill (both Belfast). This very special service is broadcast using the latest standards, which are called DVB-T2 and MPEG4. In the UK, these are used to provide high definition, but only in Northern Ireland are they used to provide three standard definition services from RoI.

The NIMM coverage from these transmitters is shown here:

Northern Ireland Mini Mulitplex coverage map

If you get the NIMM, you will find channel 51 is TG4, 52 is RTE ONE, and 53 is RTE TWO.

This is shown on the transmitter pages like this (Carnmoney Hill) example:



If you can't get the NIMM, you will probably be able to get the extra channels directly from transmitters in the RoI. The following map shows the transmitters:



Your existing aerial may not be the right "group", or be pointing in the correct direction.

The RoI service is called Saorview (which is Irish for "Freeview") - see Saorview interactive map.

However, even though Saorview broadcasts in DVB-T mode, it uses the MPEG4 "compression" system - most UK non-HD boxes use MPEG2 (apart from BT Vision boxes, which support MPEG4). So, again, you will need a Freeview HD box.

Set top box compatibility for Freeview, Freeview HD, Saorview and the NIMM

The services broadcast on Saorview at the time of writing are:

1 RTE One, 2 RTE Two HD, 3 TV3, 4 TG4, 5 RTE News Now/Euronews, 6 3e, 7 RTE jr, 8 RTE One +1, 200 RTE Radio 1, 201 RTE Radio 1 Extra, 202 RTE 2FM, 203 RTE Lyric FM, 204 RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta, 205 RTE Pulse, 206 RTE 2XM, 207 RTE Choice, 208 RTE Gold, 209 RTE Chill, 209 RTE Junior,

It is possible that the Freeview HD box will not place the channels on these numbers, but in the 800-899 range.

The Saorview trasmitter pages show the information like this:



Multiplex Broadcasting Services N I Ltd is the not-for-profit joint venture formed by RTE and TG4 to operate a new additional multiplex from a small number of transmission sites in Northern Ireland. The UK and Republic of Ireland Governments Memorandum of Understanding of February 2010 confirmed their intention to make TG4 available on digital terrestrial TV to much of Northern Ireland and to also facilitate the provision of RTE One and RTE Two through NImux or overspill from Saorview (the Republic of Ireland digital TV service).

Ofcom predicts that NIMM services will reach 76% of the population in Northern Ireland and that Saorview overspill will reach 56% of Northern Ireland viewers. Ofcom also predicts that the combined NIMM and Saorview coverage will reach 93.3% of Northern Ireland viewers.



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Comments
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
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mrdtv
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12:00 PM

Briantist: These coverage maps do not tie in with the official Ofcom NIMM maps:

http://consumers.ofcom.or….pdf

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David
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12:14 PM

"It is VERY IMPORTANT to note, however, that you MUST have Freeview HD (DVB-T2) equipment to receive RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 - even though the services are NOT provided in high definition from the Northern Ireland transmitters."
Good advice for all of the UK to future proof your TV if buying a new one, I would think we will go over to this system somewhere in the future. Looks as if most TV sets in UK not have these features, are old technowlegy sets being dumped here I wonder, a lot of low price sets about.

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mrdtv
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12:15 PM

And the NIMM frequency at Black Mountain is E39, horizontally polarised as made crystal clear in the DUK newsletter:

http://www.digitaluk.co.u….pdf

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Briantist
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12:32 PM

mrdtv: Just checked AGAIN, the Black Mountain page shows C39- for NIMM.

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12:34 PM

David: Yes. It is certainly not a good idea to buy DVB-T equipment any more if you can get DVB-T2.

In Northern Ireland you will also be getting UTV HD for the first time on Freeview and also BBC ONE Northern Ireland HD in the coming months.

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Briantist
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12:36 PM

mrdtv: The maps are the nominal areas for the transmitters. The link you provided was not to any map...

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mrdtv
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12:50 PM

Briantist: These are the official Ofcom predicted service area maps as it states at the top of the page:

http://consumers.ofcom.or….pdf

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Stuart Owens
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1:26 PM
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It will be interesting to know if anyone living in South-West Scotland, Isle Of Man parts of Cumbria or North-West Wales or West Wales can now or in the next 2 weeks receive the Irish Republic channels from the Saorview transmitters in the Republic of Ireland.

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David
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1:42 PM

Stuart will only be if they got the right sort of TV, EG. DVB-T2. Not many in shops even though the shop might say they are full HD. I think if they say on box "Freeview HD" they will be DVB-T2 the words full HD not enough.

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Peter Henderson
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4:03 PM

Brian: The Black Mountain coverage looks like that of the 5 watt PSB relay for west Belfast, not the 2 kw NI mux transmitter which has fairly extensive coverage(at least according to Ofcom and Digital UK's postcode checker.

It definitely doesn't look correct.

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