Switchover To Digital Television

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Five decades of Irish analogue television broadcasting came to an end with the switchover to digital on 24 October 2012. The Saorview digital service ushered in a new era in Irish broadcasting, with clearer pictures, better sound quality and access to a wider range of channels.

  • Title
    Irish Analogue Television Broadcasting Comes To An End
  • 1st Broadcast
    24/10/2012
  • Contributor
    Sharon Ní Bheoláin (Newsreader)
    Conor Hunt (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:54
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Switchover To Digital Television
  • Extended description

    Five decades of Irish analogue television broadcasting came to an end with the switchover to digital on 24 October 2012. The Saorview digital service ushered in a new era in Irish broadcasting, with clearer pictures, better sound quality and access to a wider range of channels.

    This RTÉ News report on the switchover features archive footage of Éamon de Valera on the opening night of Telefís Éireann on New Year's Eve 1961. Conor Hunt reports on the end of analogue, with Miriam O'Callaghan double-clicking the mouse.

    Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte, describes the switchover as a landmark event in the history of Irish television. Mick Kehoe, Engineer for RTÉ Networks Limited, says they are delighted to have the "latest and greatest" in technology.
    RTÉ Chairman, Tom Savage, speaks of the benefits that the new digital service will bring in terms of the visual quality of broadcasts.

    Brian Geraghty, Saorview Digital Reception Manager, states that Saorview are offering support to anyone experiencing difficulties with the switchover.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News Six One report on 24 October 2012 on the analogue-digital TV switchover. The report by Conor Hunt is introduced by newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin.

  • Local keywords
    RTÉ News, Saorview, Analogue, Digital, Switchover, Teilefís Éireann, Sharon Ní Bheolain, Conor Hunt, Pat Rabbitte, Mick Kehoe, Tom Savage, Brian Geraghty
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2012
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN12/00298
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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