Irish Digital Switch Over Campaign Continues
The Irish Digital Switch Over Campaign is continuing, while slow to start or even enter Digital Terrestrial TV Ireland is set to switch off their analogue signals on the 24th of October, 2012. All EU countries must meet the DSO date of 31st December, 2012. The future of communications across Europe are reliant on the change as it will help to free up bandwidth and frequencies for mobile communications such as 4th Generation (4G) mobile phones.
In the coming months each TV station is required to carry a "bug" denoting the date of switchover. These bugs are not visible on digital transmissions. The government have also announce that they plan to send 200,000 booklets out to consumer that still have to make the switch to digital, with a further 250,000 being sent to those who have made the switch.
RTÉ NL (the transmission network) also provide on screen help every few hours telling people that the service they are watching will be removed from air and to retain such channel they must move to a digital provider such as Saorview.