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Digital switch-on, an opportunity for community television?


Podolski1.5

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With the digital switch-on leaving analogue television transmission redundant around the country this week, is there a case for utilising these transmitters to broadcast regional or community television?

While there might be some cost involved to RTÉ, an alternative would be the sale or rental of transmission equipment.

Another possibility would be utilisiing it to set up an educational channel providing Open University style programmes and indeed educational programming for all ages.

Otherwise I assume the equipment will be left to rust or sent to the scrapyard.
 

wexfordman

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Equipment likely redundant as the spectrum it operates on will be reused for mobile spectrum.
 

Podolski1.5

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so people the whole Saorview thing was about allowing the state to sell more mobile licences to people like Denis O'Brien?
 

FrankSpeaks

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so people the whole Saorview thing was about allowing the state to sell more mobile licences to people like Denis O'Brien?
People want fast mobile broadband, the present spectrum cannot cope with demand and the logical step was to use the freed up the space taken by the analogue signals. The digital service is far superior in term of quality. Now please stop posting conspiracy theory nonsense.
 

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Household_charged

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What possible Community TV would be worth watching?

UTV, as an example of a parochial TV station, is the absolute dregs when it comes to "local" programmes.
 

FrankSpeaks

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There is plenty of bandwidth on the digital system for more channels. Problem with community TV is that its crap and no one wants to watch it.
I think there is an outlet for local TV just look at the success of local radio. I think they could fill an hour or two a day with items of local content on items like politics, sport and other local issues.
 

emulator

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so people the whole Saorview thing was about allowing the state to sell more mobile licences to people like Denis O'Brien?
This has been done all over Europe and the US. In the US however, some consumers were given vouchers to go towards the cost of the set-top boxes. In the UK the bandwidth was auctioned off and reaped billions for the Government. Nothing wrong with that but here we would need to keep an eye on the usual suspects.....

With regards to conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, in this Country it's not a theory that there were conspiracies....
 

Trainwreck

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With the digital switch-on leaving analogue television transmission redundant around the country this week, is there a case for utilising these transmitters to broadcast regional or community television?

While there might be some cost involved to RTÉ, an alternative would be the sale or rental of transmission equipment.

Another possibility would be utilisiing it to set up an educational channel providing Open University style programmes and indeed educational programming for all ages.

Otherwise I assume the equipment will be left to rust or sent to the scrapyard.
People won't be able to receive the signal, because nobody will have analogue tuners.



The proposed solution is best. The government's role is to put the bandwidth into the market to see what people want.

It is a no brainer that they want (i.e. are willing to pay) for more and better data tranmission in a highly adaptable form, not a conduit for ever more expanded centrally decided and provided services that will need more taxes to be raised in order to fund.
 

ScreeOrTalus

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There may be something sinister behind the switch to digital.

Subliminal messages encouraging people to "serve the EU" etc.
 

happytuesdays

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There may be something sinister behind the switch to digital.

Subliminal messages encouraging people to "serve the EU" etc.
I think they are already building these into streetlights. Get up early one morning and watch the streetlights flicker as they come on. It is morse code for "serve the EU". Seriously.
 

FloatingVoterTralee

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I think there is an outlet for local TV just look at the success of local radio. I think they could fill an hour or two a day with items of local content on items like politics, sport and other local issues.
Regional TV in UK worked well for a number of decades - Anglia, Thames and Granada all specialised in different areas, which then fed into national programming schedules. The problems arose when Carlton and Granada started buying up the various franchise operators, and started cutting back on local output. It wouldn't be practical to have as many community TV operators as local radio stations, but stations for the Mid-West, South-West, Dublin etc would have sufficient economies of scale and by pooling resources would make local programming practical on a national scale.
 

statsman

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I think they are already building these into streetlights. Get up early one morning and watch the streetlights flicker as they come on. It is morse code for "serve the EU". Seriously.
I thought it was cat's eyes. Odd patterns around us with missing ones quite clearly spell out 'The EU is good for you'.
 

Plebian

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It would be good if the Local Radio stations and the likes of Newstalk and Today FM were brought on board. Plenty of people like their local news and it'd be nice for them to have it from the Saorview service, throw in a bit of local news text on the radio display channel and it'd be a winner.
 
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