Saorview launches new mobile app
27 July 2016
Saorview, Ireland’s free digital television service, has launched a new mobile app. The free app is designed as a companion to Saorview’s TV service and allows Saorview viewers to plan their viewing.
The app features a 7-day programme guide, a new recommendations service called Spotlight, and links to on demand players. Viewers can use the Saorview app to search for specific programmes on TV and radio, and to set reminders for their chosen programmes or series.
This is the first phase of the app. Later in the year additional features will be enabled including a backwards guide with deep linking to on demand programmes. Then, with the launch of Saorview Connect, users will be able to manage their recordings with the Saorview app and use the app as a remote control for their Saorview Connect box.
The Saorview app is designed to work on mobiles and tablets, Android and Apple, and is available for free from both Google Play and the App Store.
Commenting on the new app, Jim Higgins, Saorview business development manager said ‘The new Saorview app is a great companion for the Saorview service and we hope that many Saorview users will download it and use it to plan their viewing and find out more about the great range of programming on Saorview. With the launch of Saorview Connect in the coming months, we will be switching on more features in the app providing users with a more enhanced free TV service.’
Choose your viewing with Red Button on Saorview
28 April 2016
TG4 and Saorview have teamed up again to make sure you don't miss out on this weekend's Rugby action.
With two Guinnness PRO12 matches back to back this Friday 29th April, we're lighting up the Red Button so that you can choose between the excitement of Benetton Treviso V Connacht starting at 6.15 or the later battle between Munster and Edinburgh that kicks off at 7.30. The second half of the Connacht match will be viewable via the Red Button so that each team's followers will be able to choose which game to watch in its entirety.
Red Button is just one of the ways in which we plan make your Saorview viewing more exciting in the coming months. We promise to keep you up to date with developments as they happen. #freethetv
TG4 goes interactive on Saorview
23 February 2016
This Saturday, TG4 will be using the Red Button interactive service on Saorview to broadcast the Guinness Pro 12 Rugby match between Connacht and Opsreys with coverage starting from 7pm. The match will be broadcast live from the Galway Sportsground as part of the station’s Rugbaí Beo series and it will be available via the Red Button on Saorview during TG4’s coverage of the Election 2016 count.
Viewers watching TG4 on a Saorview Approved box or TV will be able to access Rugbaí Beo by pressing the Red Button on the remote control for their Saorview box or TV when the icon appears on screen.
The Red Button feature is built in to all Saorview Approved receivers, and can be used by broadcasters on Saorview that wish to make additional content available.
Saorview Approved products are available from retailers and installers in the Republic of Ireland. Always ask for Saorview Approved products as they are designed to work with the features available from the channels that broadcast on Saorview.
RTÉ and Saorview partner with Freesat to deliver a next-generation product for Irish audiences
20 January 2016
RTÉ has partnered with Freesat, the UK free-to-air television company, to develop a new product for Saorview, Ireland’s free digital television service and the largest television platform in Ireland*. The new product, called Saorview Connect, will allow viewers to access a range of on demand content as well as the Saorview television channels, all integrated in a new set-top box with a range of additional features.
Noel Curran, Director-General of RTÉ, said: “Saorview has come a long way since digital switchover just a few years ago: it is now the largest television platform in Ireland. Saorview Connect will offer viewers a richer experience and, by connecting a Saorview Connect box to broadband, viewers will be able to access a wider range of content. We are pleased to be partnering with Freesat, who have successfully run their connected service in the UK for the last three years. We hope to achieve the same success with Saorview Connect.”
By connecting a Saorview Connect box to both broadband and a television aerial, users will be able to watch on demand and catch-up content alongside the Irish television channels. The new Saorview Connect set-top boxes will feature an easy-to-use programme guide, including a roll-back television guide providing one-click access to catch-up programming.
Saorview Connect will be based on Freesat’s cloud-based connected television guide solution, Metaphor. The recently launched service for satellite, terrestrial and cable operators is based on Freesat’s award-winning UK based Freetime service. Freesat will integrate the Metaphor platform, set-top box application and mobile applications with Saorview’s existing linear service to create the Saorview Connect offering. Freesat will provide the solution as a fully managed service.
Saorview Connect will have a range of new features, including content recommendations, programme title search, enhanced recording capabilities, and a new standard Saorview remote control. Together with a forthcoming Saorview mobile application, Saorview Connect users will be able to remote record programmes from wherever they are.
Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat said: “Freesat is extremely pleased to partner with RTÉ and Saorview to deliver their next-generation connected service. Through Metaphor, we have been able to take our experience of operating a successful integrated television service to help other platforms integrate their own broadband services. We are delighted that Irish viewers will be able to enjoy our technology through Saorview Connect.”
Saorview Connect is due to launch later in the year.
* There are 676,000 homes in Ireland that have Saorview, 43% of all TV homes. Source: Nielsen Establishment Survey, January 2016.
Oireachtas TV commences test transmission on Saorview
13 January 2016
Saorview is currently carrying out test transmissions of Oireachtas TV. Viewers may receive the test transmission on Saorview channel 22. For further information please see the Oireachtas press release here
A video guide on how to tune in the test channel can be found in our Get Help page
Saorview, Ireland’s largest TV platform, reveals a brand new look
16 December 2015
Saorview, Ireland’s free digital television service and the largest TV platform in Ireland, today launched its brand new look in conjunction with the announcement that the number of households in Ireland with Saorview has increased. Over the last four months 30,000 homes have joined the revolution to ‘FREE THE TV’ with Saorview, meaning that 676,000 homes now watch TV for free in a way that suits them, that’s 43% of all homes in Ireland.
Conceived and created by design consultancy, Aad, the launch of the new Saorview brand sees changes to its logo, a consumer friendly website with TV listings that encourages Irish consumers to explore the world of Saorview, and a new TV ad which launches on RTÉ on Sunday, December 20th. This is the first 60 second TV ad commissioned by Saorview, and it is directed by Cannes Grand Prix winner and animator Johnny Kelly, who has worked with a range of clients from Google and Vitra to Coca-Cola and the V&A. Saorview doesn’t just offer freedom from bills, but freedom in how, when and where consumers access TV and the new TV ad mirrors this.
The new Saorview website features a live help service and enhanced search tools to easily enable users to find retailers that stock Saorview boxes and TVs. The new site is also mobile compatible and available in both English and Irish. With the added benefit of an online programme guide and brightly coloured icon illustrations highlighting different programme categories, www.saorview.ie allows users to find out how to watch for free and what and Saorview aims to reflect how people live their lives and offers empowerment, choice, flexibility and access. Saorview offers the best of Irish television, and with the Saorview combi box or TV, customers can also access a wide range of free television channels from the UK for even more choice. This is about more than just no monthly bills; this is about consumers getting the TV they want, the way they want it.
Richard Waghorn, RTÉ’s Chief Technology Officer and product owner of Saorview, said: ‘The way people are watching TV is changing and so Saorview is too. Saorview does not just offer freedom from bills, but freedom in how you access TV. The new figures from Nielsen show that more and more people are joining the free TV revolution, and with our new look, we hope to encourage even more homes to make the change and free their TV.’ For more information on Saorview visit www.saorview.ie and to follow the conversation join us on Facebook and Twitter
The way people watch TV is changing and Saorview is too. #FreetheTV
Saorview now the largest TV platform in Ireland
21 September 2015
Saorview, Ireland's free digital television service, is now in more Irish homes than any other TV platform, according to the latest data from Nielsen*. Welcomed by the brand, the results from Nielsen show that more people in Ireland receive all the Irish free TV channels** via Saorview than from Sky or any other TV service. Saorview is in 646,000 homes, whilst the number of homes paying a subscription to Sky is 645,000. This is the first time that Saorview leads this service category.
Since digital switchover in 2012, more and more homes have been getting Saorview as it provides an ideal and low cost solution allowing users to access the best of Irish television and the most watched programmes on TV for free. A number of Saorview homes also have a free-to-air satellite service, providing them with even more free television channels from the UK. Combining Saorview with free-to-air satellite means homes can have access to over 100 free television channels.
To receive Saorview, viewers need an aerial (outdoor or a good quality indoor aerial) connected to a Saorview Approved TV set or a Saorview Approved box. With Saorview, customers receive all the Irish channels for free including RTÉ One and RTÉ2 in HD.
* Nielsen/TAM Ireland Establishment Survey, September 2015
** RTÉ One HD, RTÉ2 HD, TV3, TG4, 3e, UTV Ireland, RTÉ Junior, RTÉ One +1, RTÉ News Now