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rtÉ one hd AND tg4 hd FOR E-VISION

E-Vision (Eircom's television division) has announced 17 new channels to begin broadcasting on their service. RTÉ ONE and TG4 will join RTÉ TWO in HD, while 12 new channels have been added to the E-Vision Essential Pack (Comedy Central +1, Channel 4 +1, E4+1, More 4+1, Film4+1, Bloomberg, Euronews, God.TV, EWTN, QVC, TRTÉ, CÙLA4). E-Vision's Sky Movie Pack has added Sky Movies Greats, Sky Movies Crime and Thriller, Sky Movies Drama and Romance, Sky Movies Sci-Fi and Horror and Sky Movies Select.

RTÉ One HD was launch before christmas 2013 on Soarview and UPC.

TG4 HD was launched in September 2012 on UPC. According to the BAI's latest report into Digital Terrestrial Television (August 2013) TG4 HD was due to launch in the short or medium term on Saorview saying "We do however assume that the second public service multiplex is switched on in the short to medium term, supporting new HD channels from RTÉ and TG4." TG4 stated in their 2012 annual report "We will also continue with the process of migrating towards High Definition TV(HDTV) by 2013." A separate fund was set up by the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) to develop HD services for the channel in 2011, this amounted to €2.71million in additional funding, while more recently DCENR awared €690,000 to TG4 for capital projects in relation to HD content.

TG4 has said that it is in talks with Soarview and 2RN about the provision of TG4HD on the DTT network, however they have not set a date for the launch of TG4 HD on Saorview, they were unable to state that such a development would happen before the end of 2014.

TV3 have yet to launch a HD service on any platform. According to the BAI report into DTT "TV3 appears not to have an appetite for distributing additional channels on the platform so we assume no new offerings from the group on DTT".