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List of channels on Saorsat (Ireland)

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Saorsat is the free-to-air satellite service for the Ireland ('Saor' meaning free in Irish Gaelic). It is run by 2RN (formerly called RTÉNL) a subsidiary of RTÉ and is designed to compliment the digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, Saorview. This is to infill the areas that cannot get good DTT reception due to terrain issues and as such it mirrors the Irish DTT PSB multiplex, with the exception of Virgin Media One, Two and Three, which are only available on Saorview. There is the possibility of other broadcasters joining the service in the future but as the intended audience is small, this may not be viable for commercial channels.

Saorsat is available on the Eutelsat KA-SAT 9A, which is a narrow-band satellite with a spot beam over Ireland. The parameters for the transponder are: frequency 20192.500 MHz, DVB-S2 QPSK, symbol rate 12500, polarisation Left circular (not V or H), FEC 5/6. Because of frequency re-use on adjacent spot beams for other countries, it is difficult to receive Saorsat service outside of the Irish footprint.

Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Three are available on Saorview, but not Saorsat.

Channel List

TV

EPG No. Channel name Logo Owner/parent company Notes Broadcast hours Format
1 RTÉ One HD RTE One HD.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 1080i HDTV
2 RTÉ2 HD RTE2 HD.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 1080i HDTV
3 RTÉ News RTÉ News.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 16:9 SDTV
4 TG4 TG4.png Teilifís na Gaeilge 24 hours 16:9 SDTV
7 RTÉjr RTÉjr.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 07:00 - 18:45 16:9 SDTV
9 Oireachtas TV Oireachtas TV.png Oireachtas Commission Weekdays: 09:00 - 00:00 16:9 SDTV
11 RTÉ One +1 RTE One Plus 1.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 1 hour timeshift of RTÉ One 24 hours 16:9 SDTV
12 RTÉ2 +1 RTE2 Plus 1.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 1 hour timeshift of RTÉ2 Mon-Fri: 19:00-02:30
Sat-Sun: 12:00-02:30
(Times vary slightly, depending on schedule)
16:9 SDTV

Radio

EPG No. Channel name Logo Owner/parent company Notes Broadcast hours Format
21 RTÉ Radio 1 RTÉ Radio 1.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio
22 RTÉ 2fm RTÉ 2fm.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio
23 RTÉ Lyric FM RTÉ Lyric FM.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio
24 RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio
25 RTÉ Radio 1 Extra RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio
26 RTÉ Pulse RTÉ Pulse.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio
27 RTÉ 2XM RTÉ 2XM.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio
28 RTÉjr Radio RTÉjr Radio.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 07:00 - 21:00 Audio
RTÉ Chill RTÉ Chill.png 21:00 - 07:00
29 RTÉ Gold RTÉ Gold.png Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours Audio

See also