Freesat sees strong growth in connected homes

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat saw the number of homes connected by both satellite and broadband rise by 54% in the year to March, while sales of Freesat connected devices rose by 18% year-on-year. The total number of Freesat homes remains flat at 1.93 million. The increase in the connected base is due to satellite […]

Freesat to showcase smart TV guide for third party operators

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat is using the forthcoming TV Connect show in London to debut its Metaphor smart TV guide techlogy, which it is now marketing to international third-party operators. The move follows Freesat’s deal to provide Metaphor technology to Irish broadcaster RTÉ to support development of its Saorview Connect HbbTV solution and Italian […]

Dee Forbes leaving Discovery to run RTÉ

Discovery’s Northern Europe chief, Dee Forbes, is leaving the company to become the first female director general of Irish pubcaster RTÉ. Forbes was president & MD of Discovery Networks Northern Europe, having previously been president and MD of Discovery Networks Western Europe at Discovery. Prior to joining Discovery in 2009, she was a senior channels […]

RTE partners with Freesat on Irish connected TV platform

Irish public broadcaster RTE has partnered with UK-based Freesat to develop a new connected TV service for Ireland’s Ireland’s free digital television platform Saorview. Saorview Connect will let viewers access on-demand content as well as TV channels from a new set-top box that will have “a range of additional features”. These include content recommendations, programme […]

Sky ups RTÉ output in Ireland

Sky has signed a long-term partnership with RTÉ, making more of the Irish public-service broadcaster’s channels and services available to Sky customers in Ireland. Over the coming months, RTÉ’s catch-up service, RTÉ Player, will be available on demand via Sky, with RTÉ’s content to also be available on a variety of Sky services including tablets, smart […]

Netflix signs deal for RTÉ content

Netflix has signed a deal with RTÉ Digital to bring a variety of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ’s content to Netflix users in the UK and Ireland. From September 15, Netflix subscribers will be able to view RTÉ shows including The Clinic, Killnaskully, Trivia, and Mattie. Hit series Raw will be available in Ireland. “We are […]

Samsung debuts RTÉ Player App

Samsung has signed a deal with Irish broadcaster RTÉ Digital to bring the RTÉ Player App to its Smart TVs. The app is free to download and will work with all Samsung 2012 Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players, as well as Samsung 2011 Smart TVs and Blu-ray Players. It will offer content from series […]

RTÉ urged to rethink cost-cutting plans

British and Irish politicians have called upon Irish public broadcaster RTÉ to reconsider closing its London base as part of wider cost-cutting plans. RTÉ is cutting costs and jobs in an effort to save money and reduce its deficit and plans to close its London office as part of that programme. However, the British-Irish Parliamentary […]

Irish Saorsat TV service launches in Ka-band

RTÉNL, the network transmission arm of the Irish public broadcaster, has launched its planned free-to-air digital satellite service Saorsat. The service is designed to provide digital television services to the 2% of households that will not be able to receive digital terrestrial television services after the analog switch off in October. 
The service, which is […]

RTÉ looks to new models for catch-up and VOD

Irish public broadcaster RTÉ could look to develop pay services and international services as it seeks to develop catch-up and video-on-demand, according to Muirne Laffan, managing director, RTÉ Digital. Speaking at the IP&TV World Forum yesterday, Laffan said there “may be an opportunity for a pay model” on some platforms as well as opportunities to […]