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Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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RTÉ One   54 northernireland flag    

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations.

Official site: See the link icon RTÉ One website.

From Wikipedia: RT is funded partly by the licence fee, the remainder of the funding is provided by commercial advertising, because RT is funded partly by the licence fee it shows considerably fewer advertisements than most other channels available in Ireland. The channel is also available online through RT Live and the international version of RT Player. Unlike many other national broadcasters, RT One was late to begin broadcasting in the mornings, and 24-hour transmission only began in the early 1990s. - link icon read more about RTÉ One on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

Freeview multiplex: RTÉ One is on multiplex NIMM in northernireland flagNorthern Ireland .

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
eugene coyle
2:06 PM

Is there any reason as to why RTE one cannot be viewed in the England over Freeview? In the Republic BBC & ITV has been freely available to all in the south.

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eugene coyle's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
11:54 AM

Has RTE started transmitting on FREEVIEW(NI)yet. I am 20 miles south of Belfast and am able to receive the new HD channels on my HD freeview box. My signal strength is 10/10 for all other channels.

Many thanks.

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Ciaran's 1 post GB
12:05 PM

Ciaran : Yes I'm getting RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 from Carnmoney Hill. Great picture.

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Mark's 13 posts GB
James J. Patton
10:42 PM

Wednesday 24 October 2012 12:05PM
10 hours ago Ballymena

I live within a stones throw of the Carmmoney Hill transmitter amd have all the recommended equipment installed to receive the RTE stations which have been declared as available, a clear line of sight to the mast and receive no RTE stations whatsoever.

AS you live some 25 mile from this relay station I find it hard to believe that your reception is coming from the source you believe but more likely the Main Divis Mast, enjoy what you are getting as RTE maintain only 65% of of N'Ireland will be able to receive their programmes and many customers are going to be very unhappy since they have been lead to believe they would.

We have been misguided and let down over the years and never even received Ch5, still paid the same licence fee as others with fewer programmes and here we are again with the same scenario and only getting 10% of the channels available to others, where is the justice.

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James J. Patton's 1 post GB
Thursday, 25 October 2012
11:49 PM

I live 22km from the Divis transmitter and can get all the rte radio channels on my freeview tv but cant get the rte tv channels can you advise me how to recieve these channels

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annette's 1 post GB
Friday, 26 October 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:11 AM

annette: You must be receiving these from one of the Saorview transmitters in the Republic. You will probably need a Freeview HD receiver (or Saorview receiver) to see the pictures that are broadcast.

The reason for this is that Saorview uses MPEG4 format for the pictures whereas Freeview standard definition pictures are in MPEG2. Hence Freeview standard definition receivers often don't have the capability to show MPEG4 pictures.

As Freeview HD uses MPEG4, those receivers can show MPEG4 pictures and hence will work with Saorview.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 29 October 2012
5:40 PM

Will RTE1 and RTE2 ever be available to view in London.

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Mike's 1 post GB

7:50 PM

Mike: Most unlikely, as increasing the number of potential viewers could cause increases in the cost of rights to show some material, plus the problem of rights to sporting events, films and series which have been bought by other broadcasters for showing in the UK preventing the screening of such items by RTE on a UK wide transmission.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Friday, 7 December 2012
Alexander Atkinson
12:26 PM

I am able to pick up all the RTE transmissions in Portglenone and Ballymoney using a TV STAR T1020 HD, HD Digital Terrestrial Trceiver but cannot pick up any RTE transmissions using this receiver in Ballyclare. I assume the Black Mountain or Divis transmitters use a different system and I am totally confused as to aerial and receiver type required for picking up RTE transmissions. My TV is a Samsung HD Ready model - is this a suitable type or is a Full HD model required?

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Alexander Atkinson's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

1:26 PM

Alexander Atkinson: Some non-Freeview HD receivers will show Saorview pictures. For the NI Mux, a Freeview HD receiver will DEFINATELY be required.

A "Full HD" TV is one which can show HD resolutions up to 1080p, i.e. the "full" is the highest resolution. It gives no qualification to any ability to receive Freeview HD signals; this is usually indicated by a "Freeview HD" logo (and the specifications will indicate a DVB-T2 tuner in addition to a DVB-T one).

Your TV Star would be expected to receive Saorview and/or the NI Mux (if the signals are available). Confirm that it receives RT in Portglenone and Ballymoney on UHF channel 39 (618MHz) which is Black Mountain.

The reason that it doesn't receive it in Ballyclare could be to do with:

- the fact that the coverage of the Divis main Freeview signals and the NI Mux from Black Mountain aren't exactly the same.

- or perhaps the signal is weaker and/or perhaps the Group A aerial isn't sufficient at that location to bring in C39.

- or if you have a second aerial pointing to one of the transmitters in the Republic and this is connected to the downlead, then this might be the issue.

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