Louis Doyle Communications

Louis Doyle Communications

We have over 20 years' experience in the Television and Communications and CCTV business, supplying and installing aerials and satellite equipment, repairing faults, and advising on all kinds of TV related problem.

You can be assured of a quality and professional service,

We only use quality equipment that meets or exceeds industry standards and you can be assured of a quality and professional service, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

We have now reached the DIGITAL AGE

We have now reached the DIGITAL AGE regarding television transmitting and 2012 is the year for all television terrestrial analogue transmitters to be switched of.

Digital Television Aerial System

We have been working with digital for years and we understand most of the reasons why faults can occur.  As with the old terrestrial television there will be different requirements for different areas. With our many years experience and knowledge as to what works best in each area, we are best placed to supply and install what is needed to give you the best reception possible.

Satellite

Because were independents we can advise you as to what is freely available from different Satellites and you can decide what’s best for you. There are hundreds of free television channels available and lots of people are quite happy with the range of channels that are freely available.

Sky.

We are authorised Sky Agents and offer free Sky Systems, Sky +, Additional Sky Miniboxes, Special Sky deals, Multipoint Systems with Remote controls for all rooms for Sky or Sky+. (All Offers Subject To Sky Promotions Runing)

CCTV We supply and fit CCTV for both the commercial and private sector.

CCTV installation is the most cost effective way to monitor, protect and secure your property against vandalism, theft and accidental damage with well designed surveillance systems.

Though there are many types of security devices on the market, well designed surveillance systems are both a preventative measure and a tool for recourse in the event of your theft or damage.

Your CCTV installation will give you the peace of mind to know that when something does happen on your property, the footage from your surveillance system can be given to the police to apprehend the correct offenders or insurance company.

Completely securing your property against theft and loss of productivity makes your investment in your surveillance system seem modest

Commercial Apartment Blocks Hotels Etc

Right from the beginning of Commercial Digital Systems we  have been working alongside building and electrical contractors to install quality systems to exacting standards. Over the years the range of services which we offer has increased dramatically.

We are able to provide advice, supply and install Digital TV Phone Internet CCTV in Commercial Apartment Blocks Hotels Etc. We can design, supply and install communal aerial and satellite systems according to your requirements and specification,

There are a few main types of communal systems for aerial and satellite reception.

IRS     Integrated Receiving systems, the most used communal system for blocks of flats hotels, where only one main dish and aerial is required for the whole estate

SMATV  Satellite Master Antenna TV systems. These type of systems are mainly used on hotel types systems. SMATV systems basically have one commercial grade receiver per satellite channel, put through an aerial system. This allows for each TV to be able to pick up the nominated satellite channels, without the need for a satellite receiver box for each room..

A high percentage of our work comes from personal recommendations, so we are confident that we will be able to help you, whatever your problem.

Frequently Asked Questions Sourced from

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

 
1. What is the old TV network ?


The old TV network is the TV network which provides reception of the Irish national TV channels (RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TV 3 and TG 4) to 98% of the population, free to air through an aerial at the viewer’s home.

The network uses analogue technology to transmit the TV signals and broadcast the TV signal from transmitter sites throughout the country over two frequency bands (VHF and UHF).  This network was originally built in the 1960’s and is owned and operated by RTÉNL, a wholly owned subsidiary of RTÉ.
 
2. What is digital television ?

Digital TV is the modern way of broadcasting and receiving television signals. A digital signal codes the pictures and sounds into 'computerised' data. This allows the information to be transmitted more easily and more efficiently than by using analogue signals. In this way digital TV can offer more services – more TV channels, radio channels, electronic programme guides, HDTV, accessibility services and interactive services.

Already digital television is commonly available in Ireland through Pay TV service providers over cable, MMDS satellite and broadband networks and with the launch of SAORVIEW, digital TV is now available without subscription to about 98% of the Irish population.

3. What is digital switchover?

Digital Switchover (DSO) is the process of changing from analogue to digital broadcasting.

4. Why is the TV network going digital?

The change is happening to improve our national television service and to benefit the economy.

A digital television service will be better because it gives you:

• Clear pictures and sound,
• Programme information guides and,
• A wider choice of TV and radio channels.
Once the old TV network closes 24th October 2012, there will be space for more mobile and broadband services. This will be important to help the economy and create more jobs.

5. What happens if I don’t upgrade my televisions before 24th October 2012?

If you rely on the old TV network to get the Irish TV channels and you choose not to upgrade to SAORVIEW or a Pay TV service, your old televisions will not be able to show the Irish television channels after 24th October 2012.

6. Will I need a new TV to go digital?

In most cases, no. Almost any television can be upgraded to digital with a set-top box. Pay TV providers provide their own set-top boxes as part of their basic set up package. You can buy SAORVIEW approved set-top boxes from local TV retailers or from larger supermarkets and catalogue retail stores.

7. I live near Northern Ireland. Will I still get BBC1, BBC2, UTV and Channel 4 for free?

If you live near the border with Northern Ireland you might be receiving BBC1, BBC2, UTV and Channel 4 from Northern Ireland over an aerial. This is called overspill. The UK is also moving to digital TV and is switching off the old transmitters towards the end of 2012. If you are in an overspill area you may be able to receive some of the UK digital channels using your SAORVIEW approved set-top box or television.

8. What is a set-top box?

A set-top box is an electronic box which can receive a TV signal and can change it so that it can be viewed on a traditional television set.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER AND ME

9. Am I affected by the change to digital TV?

If you watch television using an aerial the change to digital TV will affect you and you must upgrade to SAORVIEW or a Pay TV service before 24th October 2012 if you wish to continue watching Irish TV channels.
If you currently subscribe to a Pay TV service such as Sky, UPC, Magnet or a local cable TV service provider then you do not need to make any changes as these Pay TV services will be unaffected by the switch off of the old TV network.

10. I rely on the old TV network for my TV reception, what changes do I need to make?

If you use the old TV network for TV reception and you wish to continue to watch the Irish TV channels after the switch off date then you will need to upgrade before 24th October 2012 to either:
• SAORVIEW, the new RTE digital subscription free TV service
or a
• Pay TV service over Broadband, cable, MMDS or satellite.

Every TV set in the house will be affected by the switch off so you must also decide which TV sets you wish to upgrade.

11. I use the old TV network for my TV reception, what happens if I don't upgrade before the the switch off on 24th October 2012 ?

If you use a Pay TV service on at least one TV set in your house then you need not make any changes as this will continue to work after the old network switches off.

If you rely on the old TV network exclusively and you choose not to upgrade at least one television set in your house to SAORVIEW or a Pay TV service, you will not be able to see the Irish TV channels after the switch off date.

You have until 24th October 2012 to upgrade to SAORVIEW or a Pay TV service.

12. When do I need to upgrade to digital TV?

The old TV network will be switched off on 24th October 2012. TV viewers who rely on this network should upgrade to its replacement, SAORVIEW, or a Pay TV service, using Broadband, cable, MMDS or satellite technologies, any time before 24th October 2012 or they will lose access to the Irish TV channels.
If you currently subscribe to a Pay TV service such as Sky, UPC, Magnet or a cable TV service provider then you do not need to make any changes as these services are unaffected by the switch off of the old TV network.

13. How much will it cost to upgrade?

This depends on the service you choose, the number of televisions you want to upgrade and on the type and number of TV channels you want.

Upgrading to SAORVIEW involves a once off cost to upgrade your TV equipment. As with the old TV network, there are no monthly subscription charges for SAORVIEW.

Upgrading to Pay TV involves a once off installation charge to upgrade your TV equipment. In addition you will have ongoing regular (example monthly) subscription charges for the service.

For further information please visit our cost and options section of this website.

14. Will there be grants to help old age pensioners to move to digital TV?

There are no plans for a grant to cover the cost of upgrading to digital.
A national information and awareness campaign is planned to give guidance to TV viewers on how to move to digital TV. We will also be working with community and charity groups to provide local guidance and assistance.

15. What will happen to all of the old televisions?

Under the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, if you buy a new television from a retailer, the retailer is required to take your old television back.

16. I have four TVs in my house that all work off the aerial. If I move to digital TV, will I need a set-top box for each TV?

Each television that you would like to use after the old TV network switches off will need to be upgraded. If you choose to upgrade to SAORVIEW, you will need to connect a SAORVIEW approved set-top box to each TV. If you move to a Pay TV service provider you will need to connect the service providers set top box to each TV you wish to use. The only exception to this is analogue cable. If you opt for an analogue cable Pay TV service you may not need to use a set top box, instead the cable connects directly to your TV.

17. Will my DVD and VCR work after DSO?

DVD's and VCR's will continue to work to play movies etc after DSO. The recording functionality will be reduced. After DSO you will only be able to record from the same channel that you are watching.

18. Will radio be affected by DSO?

No. There are no plans to switch off the existing radio services in Ireland such as FM radio or LW radio.

19. Will I need a seperate TV licence for a digital TV ?

No. Each household with a TV set or TV sets is required to have an up to date television licence. Only one TV licence is needed per household.

20. Will I need a new TV to upgrade to a digital TV service?

In most cases, no. Almost any television can be upgraded to digital with a set-top box. Pay TV providers provide their own set-top boxes as part of their basic set up package. You can buy SAORVIEW approved set-top boxes from local TV retailers or from larger supermarkets and catalogue retail stores.


QUESTIONS ABOUT MY OPTIONS FOR UPGRADING FROM THE OLD TV NETWORK

SAORVIEW Questions

21. What is Saorview ?

SAORVIEW is the new national free to air (subscription free) digital television service and will replace the old TV network when it switches off on 24th October 2012. SAORVIEW is available throughout Ireland to about 98% of the population Like the old TV network, SAORVIEW uses an aerial to receive the TV signals.   The RTÉ subsidiary, RTÉ Transmission Network Limited (RTÉ NL) owns the old TV network and also owns the network over which SAORVIEW operates.

22. Can I get SAORVIEW now?

SAORVIEW is fully built and available now to almost 98% of the population.

23. What channels can I get with SAORVIEW?

SAORVIEW currently broadcasts 8 Irish TV channels - RTÉ One, RTÉ Two (HD), TV3, TG4, 3e and some new Irish channels – RTÉ One+1 ( RTÉ One programmes one hour later, from 7pm each evening), RTÉ News Now (a 24 hour news channel) , RTÉjr (a morning channel for young children), a digital AERTEL channel and 10 RTÉ radio channels.

24. When buying a SAORVIEW approved set-top box or a SAORVIEW approved digital TV, what should I check for?

If you decide to buy a digital TV or set-top box for use on the SAORVIEW service look for the special logo on the box or the TV.
Televisions and set-top boxes that have the UK 'Freeview' or 'Digital Tick' logos may not be suitable for Ireland.

25. I receive my television via an aerial. I purchased a digital TV recently. Will this pick up SAORVIEW?

If you purchased the TV since 2009, it may work. You should look at the instructions and try to tune in the new SAORVIEW channels and services. If your TV does not work you will need to upgrade it using a SAORVIEW approved set top box.
Only televisions marked with the SAORVIEW approved logo are guaranteed by RTÉ to work on the SAORVIEW service.

26. My TV is over 10 years old, will this work with SAORVIEW?

If you have a TV which was bought from the mid 1990's or later it should be capable of being upgraded to SAORVIEW using a set-top box. Many older TV's are also capable of being upgraded. You need to check if the TV has a SCART or HDMI socket, if it does then it can be upgraded.

27. Can I install a SAORVIEW set-top box or digital television myself?

Installing a SAORVIEW set-top box is very like installing a DVD player or a video recorder. In most cases you can do this yourself or with the help of your friends or family.  The SAORVIEW website http://www.saorview.ie/ has a demonstration video showing how to install SAORVIEW approved TV equipment.

Guidance is also available from the instruction manual that comes with your set-top box or television. The person who sold you the TV set or set-top box should also be able to show you what to do.

28. I get TV from an aerial on my roof. Will I have to change this aerial?

There is no such thing as a digital aerial so in most cases your current aerial will work.
If you have concerns about this contact your local aerial installer or SAORVIEW for more information.
If you need installation services or a new aerial make sure that the companies or individuals that you are dealing with are well-established. Check their track record and ask for references. Ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations of local installers.

29. I live in an area where there is a poor reception. Will SAORVIEW mean a better picture?

More than likely yes. If you are within the SAORVIEW coverage area and can receive the SAORVIEW service then you will be able to receive a clear SAORVIEW signal.

30. How is SAORVIEW received?

SAORVIEW is received through a standard UHF aerial either on the TV viewer’s roof or indoors. The signal then passes to a SAORVIEW approved set-top box, where it is decoded for display on the TV or directly to a SAORVIEW approved TV.

31. I have purchased a "Freeview digital television; will this pick up digital television in Ireland ?

Televisions marked “Freeview” or marked with the UK “digital tick” logo (http://www.digitallogo.co.uk/ ) are intended to operate on the UK DTT (Freeview) service. They use a different technology than that used by SAORVIEW. If you have a standard “Freeview” TV, a TV with the UK “digital tick” logo or a traditional analogue TV, you will also need to attach a SAORVIEW approved set top box to it to receive SAORVIEW. 

PAY TV

32. I already have Pay TV, what do I need to do?

If you are with a Pay TV service provider, who uses broadband, cable, MMDS or satellite technologies you don't need to do anything as these services are not changing. But if you have TV sets in your house that only use the old TV network you must decide if you want to upgrade these to your Pay TV service or to SAORVIEW.  These TV's will need to be upgraded if you wish to continue using them after the old TV network switches off.

33. Will I get the Irish channels on Pay TV after the old TV network is switched off?

RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TG 4 and TV 3 are already available on Pay TV services using broadband, cable, MMDS and satellite technologies. These will not be affected by the closure of the old TV network.

34. What are the alternatives to SAORVIEW?

If you want to receive the Irish TV channels but do not want SAORVIEW then you can opt for a Pay TV service. Pay TV operators use broadband, cable, MMDS or satellite technologies to provide their TV services. The largest of these are UPC and Sky but there are also local Pay TV service providers. Please see our How Do I Switch section for further information.

35. How do I install Pay TV?

You cannot go to your local retailer to purchase a set top box to install a Pay TV service. Each Pay TV operator supplies and installs their own set top boxes and in most cases other equipment such as satellite dish, cable, or MMDS aerial. If you opt for a broadband TV service you may need to have broadband already installed. Pay TV operators will generally charge an installation fee and you will also be required to pay an ongoing monthly fee for the service.

If you decide that you do not want the Pay TV service anymore, some Pay TV service providers will allow you to keep the TV equipment they supplied whilst others will remove this. In some cases, where you are permitted to keep the equipment you may be able to receive some UK TV channels free of charge.

Please ensure you read the terms and conditions carefully so that you know your rights under the contract with your Pay TV service provider.

TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

36. What is digital terrestrial television (DTT)?

The old TV network is an analogue terrestrial network (ATT). Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is similar to ATT in that the signals are transmitted over the air and are received through a rooftop or set top aerial. The main difference between analogue and digital terrestrial TV is that using digital technology the information is transported as a stream of compressed data. This means that more programme channels and other content can be transmitted over a DTT network. In addition to more TV programmes, new features such as radio stations, programme guide and information services may also be provided over DTT. In order to receive DTT, you will need an aerial and either a digital receiver connected to your existing television or a new integrated digital TV. In Ireland DTT is branded as “SAORVIEW”.

37. What is cable television ?

A cable system operates by redistributing content, which has been received from a satellite or terrestrial network, over a co-axial or fibre cable. For an analogue cable service, the cable can connect directly to your TV set. For a digital cable service a set top box needs to be connected to the TV to decode the signals so that they can be displayed on the screen.
Analogue cable television was introduced in Ireland in the late sixties, and is available today in many of the main population centres in Ireland. Digital cable was introduced in Ireland around 2000. Cable TV is widely available in urban areas.

38. What is MMDS or Multipoint microwave distribution service?

MMDS, also known as wireless cable, is a commercial multichannel TV service which uses radio to deliver the TV signal to customers’ homes. MMDS operates by redistributing content, which has been received from a satellite or terrestrial network, over a radio-based transmission network. At the customers’ premises, the TV signals are received through a special rooftop MMDS aerial and processed by an appropriate set top box. MMDS may be either analogue or digital, although service providers are presently upgrading to digital. The MMDS broadcasting band uses frequencies in the range 2.5 GHz to 2.7 GHz. MMDS operates in many urban and rural areas throughout the country where cable is not available.

39. What is satellite TV?

Satellite networks provide either free and/or subscription-based TV services. The viewer is required to have a satellite dish and a satellite set top box in order to receive digital satellite television. Satellite programme services are relayed via satellites above the earth. The satellite receives signals which have been transmitted from an uplink facility on the ground. The dish on a building receives the signals transmitted back from the satellite and the satellite receiver unscrambles the signal to view through the TV set.

40. What is a Community Aerial TV system?

A community aerial TV system or “ deflector” TV system is a TV system operated within a community, traditionally in areas not served by cable or in areas of poor RTE reception. They operate by:
• receiving a weak TV signal,
• amplifying it and
• retransmitting it to households within a local community.

These systems have been in operation since the 1980’s and many have closed down in recent years as alternative services over technologies such as MMDS and satellite have become more widely available.

After the old TV network closes down in October 2012 it is likely that many community aerial TV systems will also close down. Further information on this is available from your local community TV system or from the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg. http://www.comreg.ie/.

41. What is broadcasting spectrum?

Energy exists in many forms, one of which is the electromagnetic spectrum. This spectrum is composed of radio waves, infrared, visible and ultraviolet light, x-rays and gamma rays. Broadcasting spectrum refers to the parts of the radio spectrum used for broadcasting. Broadcasting spectrum is a finite resource.

42. What technology is used for digital terrestrial television in Ireland?

The SAORVIEW receiver specification is based on the Nordig standard which is the standard used in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It uses the MPEG 4 compression standard and an MHEG 5 middleware engine. The transmission system used is DVB-T. The RTÉ specification is available from the RTÉNL website at this link.

43. Why choose MPEG 4?

MPEG 4 is the latest compression technology of choice for DTT. It is being used in Ireland and other countries wishing to offer high definition TV content over their DTT network. Although this means Ireland will not be adopting the basic "Freeview" standard currently used in the UK, it does offer more scope for future expansion - more space for content, and High Definition service. SAORVIEW currently provides 8 TV channels, including a HD channel, a digital teletext service and 10 radio channels on the same amount of space used by a single TV channel on the old TV network.

44. What is a High Definition Television (HDTV)?

A High Definition television is a digital television which allows you to view high definition programmes with better picture resolution than a standard digital TV set. It reduces the graininess of the picture by reducing the pixel size and images on the screen have a greater fluidity of movement. You will not be able to view high definition programmes in high definition without a HDTV.

45. What is the legislation that covers DTT in Ireland?

DTT is covered in the Broadcasting Act 2009, in particular Part 8 of this Act.

46. I have been told that if I buy a combi box I can access the UK and Irish channels for free – is this true?

A combi box is a set top box which combines a satellite receiver and a digital terrestrial receiver in one unit. By using a combi box connected to both a satellite dish and an aerial it is possible to receive the main UK TV channels over satellite and the Irish digital channels over the SAORVIEW network, subscription free.

SAORVIEW has indicated that there are no SAORVIEW approved combi boxes on the market so those that are available may not provide all the functionality of the SAORVIEW service.

47. I have been told that the main UK channels are available throughout Ireland, without a subscription, over satellite, is this true?

Yes. The main UK channels are available free-to-air on the ASTRA (2D) satellite and this satellite provides coverage over Ireland also. The channels can be received using any standard digital satellite (DVB-S) receiver and satellite dish. Ireland is not the intended recipient of these UK channels. We receive the service as a result of overspill of the satellite coverage from Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. This satellite TV service is not regulated in Ireland and its availability cannot be guaranteed.

48. What is Freesat?

Freesat is the UK trade name for the free-to-air digital satellite television service serving the UK. It is operated as a joint venture between the BBC and ITV plc,. Freesat offers a satellite TV service including HD channels, and an electronic programme guide. Freesat is intended for UK residents only however the coverage extends to Ireland.

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