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    Default Digital switch-on, an opportunity for community television?

    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.
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    Equipment likely redundant as the spectrum it operates on will be reused for mobile spectrum.
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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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Podolski1.5 View Post
    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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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Podolski1.5 View Post
    so people the whole Saorview thing was about allowing the state to sell more mobile licences to people like Denis O'Brien?
    Yes. What did you think it was about?

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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    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.
    This is pretty good:

    An Lár TV Community Ireland
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    Quote Originally Posted by seabhcan View Post
    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.
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