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List of channels on Saorview (Ireland)

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Saorview (/ˈsɛərvjuː/ SAIR-vyoo) is the national digital terrestrial television (DTT) service in Ireland. It is owned by RTÉ and operated by 2RN.

The service began operation on 29 October 2010 on a trial basis with a full launch on 26 May 2011. By legislation it was required to be available to approximately 90% of the population by end of October 2010 in a public testing capacity and nationwide by December 2011. The national public launch was preceded by a public information campaign, which began on 15 March 2011, with television and radio advertising beginning on 17 March 2011.

Saorview was officially launched on 26 May 2011 by then Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte and the service became the primary source of broadcast television in Ireland following the ending of analogue transmissions on 24 October 2012.

The most recent channels to launch were TG4+1 and Cúla4 in September 2023.

Channel List

TV

Note: Saorview does not label HD channels. (e.g. RTÉ One HD is labelled as "RTÉ One")

LCN Logo Channel name Notes Owner/parent company Broadcast hours Multiplex Format
1 RTE One.svg RTÉ One One news programme in Irish broadcast daily. Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 2 1440x1080i
16:9 HD
2 RTE2.svg RTÉ2 24 hours 1 1440x1080i
16:9 HD
3 Virgin Media One.svg Virgin Media One Virgin Media Television 24 hours 1 544x576i
16:9 SD
4 TG4.svg TG4 Majority of programmes in Irish
Cúla4 programming block is simulcast on Cúla4 (channel)
Teilifís na Gaeilge 24 hours 1 1440x1080i
16:9 HD
5 Virgin Media Two.svg Virgin Media Two Virgin Media Television 07:00-03.00 1 544x576i
16:9 SD
6 Virgin Media Three.svg Virgin Media Three 06:00-03:00 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
7 Virgin Media Four.svg Virgin Media Four 06:10-02:50 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
8 Challenge.png Challenge Sky Group
(Comcast)
24 hours 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
11 RTE One +1.svg RTÉ One +1 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
12 RTE2 +1.svg RTÉ2 +1 Mon-Fri: 19:00-02:30
Sat-Sun: 12:00-02:30
(Closing times vary slightly)
2 544x576i
16:9 SD
14 TG4 +1.svg TG4 +1 Teilifís na Gaeilge 20:00-06:00 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
17 RTÉjr.svg RTÉjr Raidió Teilifís Éireann 07:00-19:00 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
18 Cúla4.svg Cúla4 Irish language
Cúla4 is simulcast on TG4:
06:00-11:00 & 15:00-18:00 (Mon to Fri)
06:00-10:00 (Sat-Sun)
Teilifís na Gaeilge 06:00-20:00 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
21 RTÉ News.svg RTÉ News Few news programmes in Irish broadcast from RTÉ One and TG4 daily Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 1 704x576i
16:9 SD
22 Oireachtas TV.svg Tithe an Oireachtais (Oireachtas TV) Oireachtas Commission Weekdays: 09:00-00:00 1 544x576i
16:9 SD
23 Sky News.svg Sky News Sky Group
(Comcast)
24 hours 2 704x576i
16:9 SD
29 Saorview.svg Saorview Information Saorview contact information 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
- 2 Data
30 Channel list overview

Note: Broadcast hours vary, depending on schedule.

Radio

LCN Logo Channel name Notes Owner/parent company Broadcast hours Multiplex Format
200 RTÉ Radio 1.svg RTÉ Radio 1 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours 1 128 kbit/s
🔊
201 RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.svg RTÉ Radio 1 Extra 24 hours 2 128 kbit/s
🔊
202 RTÉ 2FM.svg RTÉ 2FM 24 hours 1 128 kbit/s
🔊
203 RTÉ Lyric FM.svg RTÉ lyric fm 24 hours 1 160 kbit/s
🔊
204 RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.svg RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta Programmes in Irish 24 hours 1 128 kbit/s
🔊
205 RTÉ Pulse.svg RTÉ Pulse 24 hours 2 128 kbit/s
🔊
206 RTÉ 2XM.svg RTÉ 2XM 24 hours 2 128 kbit/s
🔊
207 RTÉjr Radio.svg RTÉjr Radio 07:00-21:00 1 128 kbit/s
🔊
208 RTÉ Gold.svg RTÉ Gold 24 hours 2 128 kbit/s
🔊
209 RTÉ Chill.svg RTÉ Chill 21:00 - 07:00 2 128 kbit/s
🔊
210 Radio Maria.png Radio Maria Ireland Labelled as "RMI" on Saorview Information Radio Maria 24 hours 2 96 kbit/s
Mono
211 UCB Ireland.svg UCB Ireland United Christian Broadcasters 24 hours 2 128 kbit/s
🔊

Hidden channels

Hidden channels are channels that are reserved for future services. They do not appear with LCNs, but can be accessed by keying in the number on the remote control. On some TVs/receivers, only channels broadcasting (i.e. channels 50-51) are accessible.

TV

LCN Logo Channel name Notes Owner/parent company Broadcast hours Multiplex Format
9 2rn.png Test card 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
24 hours 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
10 2rn.png Test card 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
24 hours 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
13 (Future service) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
1
15 2
16 1
19 1
20
24
25
26
27
28 2rn.png Test card 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
24 hours 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
31 2rn.png Test card 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
24 hours 2 544x576i
16:9 SD
32 (Future service) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
1
50 2rn.png (HbbTV Test card) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
- 2 Data
51 2rn.png (HbbTV + MHEG5 Test cards) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
24 hours 1 Data

Radio

LCN Logo Channel name Notes Owner/parent company Broadcast hours Multiplex Format
212 (Future service) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
2
213
214 (Future service) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
1
215
216
217 (Future service) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
2
218 (Future service) 2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
1
219
252
254 System Software Updates
(labelled as "SSU")
2rn
(Raidió Teilifís Éireann)
1 Data
255 2

Freeview overspill

Freeview overspill channels will appear in these numbers and may be sorted variously or be unavailable on some devices. Freeview overspill channels are only available near the Northern Ireland border and may be available on the very east of Ireland.

LCN Logo Channel name Notes Owner/parent company Broadcast hours Multiplex Format
52-199 (Freeview channel) Various
220-251
253
256 upwards

Channel changes

Near-future EPG changes

Key

Example Description
Launch Channel due to be launched or temporarily launched on the EPG
Removal Channel due to be removed or temporarily removed from the EPG
Rename Channel due to be renamed or temporarily renamed on the EPG
Reversion Channel is currently using a temporary name that is due to revert to its previous name
Restoration to EPG Channel due to be relaunched or restored to the EPG after being removed.
Move Channel due to be moved to another EPG number.

Expected EPG changes

Date Channel number Channel name Type of change New channel number New channel name Notes

Past EPG changes

2024

Date Channel number Channel name Type of change New channel number New channel name Multiplex Notes
29/01/24 9 Blank TV channels Replace Unknown 2 Temporary change
10
28
22 Oireachtas TV RTÉ2 HD 1
29 Saorview Information
(Static logo)
Saorview Information
(MHEG5 slate)
2
06/02/24 9 Blank TV channels Replace Test cards 2 Reverted 07/02/24

Restored 08/02/24

10
28
31
214 RTÉ Radio 1 Extra Blank radio channels 1
215 RTÉ Pulse.
216 RTÉ 2XM.
218 RTÉ Gold.
219 RTÉ Chill.

2012-2023

List of line-up changes on Saorview: 2012 - 2023

Former channels

This is a list of channels that have formerly aired on the service. It does not include rebranded channels or channels which have ceased on all platforms at the same time.

Date removed EPG No. Logo Channel name Owner/parent company Reason Format
18/04/2011 7 RTE Two 2004.svg RTÉ Two SD Raidió Teilifís Éireann Removed to make space for RTÉjr and RTÉ One +1 544x576i
16:9 SD
08/09/2013 207 RTÉ Choice.png RTÉ Choice 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann Channel ceased broadcasting. Audio
03/04/2014 11 RTE One.svg RTÉ One SD Raidió Teilifís Éireann Replaced with RTÉ One HD 2 weeks prior. 544x576i
16:9 SD
09/01/2017 6 UTV Ireland.png UTV Ireland SD UTV Group
(1 Jan 2015 - 18 Oct 2015)
Replaced with be3 (now Virgin Media Three)

(TV3 Group are now Virgin Media Television)
544x576i
16:9 SD
ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc)
(19 Oct 2015 - 10 Jul 2016)
TV3 Group
(11 Jul 2016 - 09 Jan 2017)

See also

UK & Ireland

UK only

Ireland only

Radio