Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 has been set as the official date of completion of the switchover to Digital TV in Ireland. On that date analogue TV signals across the island of Ireland will be no longer be broadcast.
A new online Irish TV service, aertv, launched yesterday, allowing viewers to watch 11 Irish and international channels in one place, directly within the browser. What's more, the service requires no registration and is absolutely free.
With seven weeks to go until October's Dublin Web Summit, a major keynote speaker from Facebook has been announced; Ethan Beard. Ethan is one of eight speakers announced this week, with over 60 speakers planned for October's event.
Saorview, RTÉ's free-to-air digital TV service launched in Ireland at the end of May. And over the past number of months readers have been asking us about it, so here are the most common Saorview questions and their answers.
RTÉ will release Android and iOS versions of their popular video-on-demand RTÉ Player service later this year. According to Silicon Republic, Aisling McCabe, head of platform development at RTÉ, confirmed RTÉ’s plans to release free mobile apps for the two platforms late last week.
Live TV streaming service Magnet WebTV have recently extended the availability of their service to 99% of all devices. Launched in January of this year, Magnet WebTV have upgraded their streaming service to support HTML5 video, effectively enabling a plethora of new devices that don’t support traditional Adobe Flash video, including the Apple iPhone and iPad.
People around the world will be able watch Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade live online this year. RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster will be live-streaming the parade through their free international on demand player.
RTÉ Player has today updated its free online video catch-up service to enable live streaming of channels RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, and RTÉ News Now. It’s not yet understood if all programming will be made available, but this certainly is a welcome move from our national broadcaster.
RTÉ have announced today that between 50 and 60 jobs will be axed due to the companies current undesirable “financial situation”. RTÉ management informed unions this morning that voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes were being prepared.
You would think that the Irish would have little reason to celebrate the son of a European tax collector but, come March 17, that is just what the country, and the world, will do. To find out what is happening online we spoke to the organisers of the 2011 St Patrick’s Festival to see what digital events are planned this March.
Several of the UK and Ireland’s largest publishers will be giving away 1 million free books to members of the public this Saturday in what is being described as “the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted.”
The election is over, the votes have been counted and the results are in – Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny will be Ireland’s next Taoiseach. And as is to be expected Kenny’s performance on the series of televised debates has become one of Ireland’s fastest growing memes.
RTÉ and Filmbase are offering young Irish film makers the opportunity to win €20,000 in production funding and facilities to make their next short film. The annual Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards are open to new and young Irish filmmakers with a total of up to four winners to be chosen. The competition is split into two rounds, each of which will have two winners.
RTÉ’s Saorview will launch with five digital-only channels in May this year, the state broadcaster said today. RTÉ Aertel Digital, RTÉ Plus, RTÉ News Now, RTÉjr and RTÉ Two High Definition will accompany RTÉ One, RTÉ Two (Standard Definition), TV3, 3e and TG4 and RTÉ‘s digital radio stations for the launch.
RTÉ have today launched an iPad specific version of their popular RTÉ News Now application already available on Android and iOS devices. This app exists independent of the original iOS News Now app and is tailored specifically for the Apple iPad.
Irish charity Trócaire is inviting Facebook users to give up something they love for just one day, to raise money for charitable causes across the world. From March 3 to 4 this year Trócaire, which runs over 124 programmes in 38 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, is challenging Facebook users to sponsor their friends who give up using one of dozens of items or activities, including Food, The Web, Coffee, Music, Texting, Make Up, Chocolate or TV for 24 hours.