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Can I get the RTE Irish Channels on Sky in the UK

Kevin asks;

My sister lives in scotland and was wondering if there was someway to manually tune in RTE on to here scottish Sky box? We receive RTE on Northern Irish sky, and the topic came up when we were talking about people in England being able to manually tune in UTV to their sky box.

Tv Trade's answer;

no this will not be possible as:

 
Can I get Irish Channels in UK?
  • Sky UK do not have the rights to broadcast the Irish channels outside of Ireland
  • None of the Irish channels are on free to air satellites 
 
OPTIONS To get Irish channels in the UK
 
 
In the Future
  • Saorsat - will broadcast Irish channels for free via satellite and may have some overspill into the UK - should happen this year (if RTE can find the money)
    • you will need a second dish
  • Real Digital - may start up (if they can find the money) and you will get a card which will give you the Irish channels for free
    • again will need to have an address in Ireland
    • your existing sky dish will do - may never happen - I just do not know on this particular one.

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