How do I get TG4, RTE One and RTE Two?
The Republic of Ireland channels TG4, RTE One and RTE Two are widely available in Northern Ireland via an aerial, satellite and cable.
After switchover when analogue TV is turned off, most people will be able to get these services via an aerial, either from Freeview in Northern Ireland or via Saorview - the Republic of Ireland digital TV service.
Freeview or Saorview?
Technical differences between Freeview and Saorview may affect the equipment you need and the channels you can receive. We recommend discussing your options with a retailer before purchasing any new equipment. If you require subtitles or audio description check which equipment has this functionality.
Freeview signals from the Black Mountain, Carnmoney Hill and Brougher Mountain transmitters will broadcast TG4, RTE One and RTE Two for the first time at switchover.
You can check if your address is served by one of these transmitters using the Digital UK postcode checker.
The channels will be broadcast in standard definition but Freeview HD equipment will be required to receive them.
Some programmes, including certain sport and films, may not be broadcast owing to rights restrictions.
If a Saorview signal is available in your area, Saorview equipment will provide TG4, RTE One and RTE Two and other channels. Certain newer Freeview digital TVs and boxes - HD or ‘MPEG4’ standard – may also be used to receive Saorview channels. You can check if your address is predicted to be in coverage using the Saorview coverage checker.
Where should I go for more information?
You can get more information on Freeview coverage, including TG4, RTE One and RTE Two availability in your area online using the Digital UK Postcode checker, or by calling the telephone number below.
- Postcode checker - Digital UK website
- 08456 50 50 50
Calls to 0845 are free for BT customers within inclusive calling plans. Call charges from other providers and other BT call plans may vary.
For information on Saorview visit the Saorview website or you can contact the telephone number below.
- Saorview website
- 0844 8008 752
Calls to 0844 cost up to 5p per min from a BT landline. Call charges from other providers may vary.
The Switchover Help Scheme
The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC under an agreement with the Government and provides older and disabled people with everything they need to switch one TV to digital. The Help Scheme can help everyone who is:
- aged 75 or over, or
- has lived in a care home for six months or more, or
- gets (or could get) certain disability benefits, or
- is registered blind or partially sighted
Most people will be asked to pay £40 towards the help (although the service is free for people who are eligible and also on certain income related benefits), which includes the following:
- easy-to-use equipment to convert one set
- installation by an approved installer
- a 12-month aftercare service including a free helpline
For the same price as £40 or free, eligible people in Northern Ireland can also choose a Freeview HD box which can receive TG4, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two, subject to coverage in their area. That option also includes installation and aftercare.
The Help Scheme has already written to everyone in Northern Ireland who is eligible to offer them help but people must respond to the Help Scheme to receive the help.