The new services are part of an ongoing deal with RTE to deliver Saorview Connect, a forthcoming service that will let viewers access on-demand content and TV channels from a new set-top box.
The Saorview app features a seven-day programme guide, Spotlight editorial recommendation service and is based on Freesat’s own TV guide app.
The new services are powered by Metaphor, Freesat’s white label connected TV guide solution that is designed to let operators build a customisable connected TV offering.
“It’s exciting to see the Saorview brand brought to life through Freesat’s technology. Saorview customers looking for an enhanced free TV service will enjoy a taste of what’s to come when the Saorview Connect box launches,” said RTÉ chief technology officer, Richard Waghorn.
Freesat chief technology officer, Matthew Huntington, said: “Operators are looking for ways to deliver more compelling TV solutions to viewers and our Metaphor solution provides a tried and tested approach. Freesat’s latest delivery for RTÉ will give Irish audiences the chance to experience a connected TV service that rivals pay TV providers.”
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