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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. Logo Channel name Notes Owner/parent company Broadcast hours Format
1 RTE One.svg RTÉ One HD  Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 1080i HDTV
2 RTE2.svg RTÉ2 HD  Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 1080i HDTV
3 RTÉ News.svg RTÉ News Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 16:9 SDTV
4 TG4.svg TG4 Teilifís na Gaeilge 24 hours 16:9 SDTV
7 RTÉjr.svg RTÉjr Raidió Teilifís Éireann 07:00 - 18:45 16:9 SDTV
9 Oireachtas TV.svg Oireachtas TV Oireachtas Commission Weekdays: 09:00 - 00:00 16:9 SDTV
11 RTE One +1.svg RTÉ One +1 1 hour timeshift of RTÉ One Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 16:9 SDTV
12 RTE2 +1.svg RTÉ2 +1 1 hour timeshift of RTÉ2 Raidió Teilifís Éireann Mon-Fri: 19:00-02:30
Sat-Sun: 12:00-02:30
(Times vary slightly, depending on schedule)
16:9 SDTV

Radio

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

See also