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.

Coverage checker

The Digital UK coverage checker allows you to enter your postcode to find out your predicted Freeview coverage and available channels.

Freeview or Saorview

Technical differences between Freeview and Saorview may affect the equipment you need and the channels you can receive. You should discuss your options with a retailer before buying any new equipment. If you require subtitles or audio description check which equipment has this functionality.


Since the digital switchover the Black Mountain, Carnmoney Hill and Brougher Mountain transmitters broadcast TG4, RTE One and RTE Two on Freeview.

You can check if your address is served by one of these transmitters using the Digital UK coverage checker.

The channels are broadcast in standard definition but Freeview HD equipment is required to receive them.

Some programmes, including certain sport and films, may not be broadcast due 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. Some Freeview digital TVs and boxes - HD or ‘MPEG4’ standard – may also be used to receive Saorview channels. 

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