Picking the Right FTA and Saorview Reciever

As RTE launched their digital Irish TV service back in 2011, Saorview, became available to the most of Irish citizens. Soon after the launch of Saorview, the analogue TV service was switched off in 2012. The new service included HD channels and an EPG.

So, quality and entertaining TV doesn’t have to be expensive, all you needed is a one-time investment in proper equipment and a good and reliable installer. Free to air TV has a lot to offer – all your favorite TV Channels, some HD channels, and no monthly subscription.

When it comes to choosing the right FTA and Saorview reciever,
This is our pick for 2018

We often get to answer a lot of interesting questions, like how we can choose the best FTA and Saorview receiver, or what is the right time to invest in new digital service equipment? There isn`t a simple answer to these questions, because, like any electronics, they tend to age fast, and the next generation is just around the corner.

Triax TSC114 Saorview Combo Receiver

This Combo receiver allows you to receive HD Satellite channels and Saorview channels. You will need to use a small dish and UHF aerial (for new Saorview service). Use one remote control to control both services. Receiver has PVR function (manual recording, recording from timer, recording from EPG, time shift) when you connect an external hard drive via USB port. With an external hard drive add on you can record Satellite (UK channels) and watch Terrestrial (RTEs) same time or other way.

Free Irish Saorview Channels (RTE1, RTE2 HD, TV3, 3e, RTEjr, RTE One +1, RTE News Now, TG4 & Digital Aertel).

Free UK Satellite Channels (BBC 1, BBC2, ITV, C4, E4, More4, and C5)

Features (what are you getting)

  • PVR Functions via USB (External Hard Drive)
  • Favorite Channel List
  • Standby Power Consumption <1W
  • Free to View HD Digital TV
  • 720p / 1080p Resolution
  • Digital Radio Channels with Automatic Channel Search
  • HDMI Output Scart Output
  • Connects to both Satellite Dish & UHF Aerial
  • Full Digital Aertel Teletext , 7 Day EPG (On Terrestrial Only)
  • Reminder Setting from EPG, English On-Screen Display
  • Multi Language Audio Support, Subtitles
  • Integrated Media Player (Play XVID, AVI, MP3 and JPEG)

Ferguson Ariva 252 Combo Receiver

The Ferguson Ariva 252 is a HD digital receiver for watching both Irish Digital Terrestrial TV (Saorview Channels) and Standard & HD UK Satellite Channels. You need to tune Irish channels to your local transmitter. With its PVR Features, you can add recording with an external hard drive. You will need 250GB, 320GB external hard drive and more.

This receiver allows the viewer to pause, rewind and record Live TV Show, to record and watch Satellite and Terrestrial TV using only one remote control to watch both services. It now features a DVB-T2 tuner suitable for Freeview HD UK with previous check whether it’s available in your area. This receiver will allow you to watch Free to Air channels from the UK using small dish (sky dish) as well as the new Saorview service using an aerial.

Receiver has PVR function (manual recording, recording from timer, recording from EPG, time shift when you connect an external hard drive via USB port. Capacity of 5000 TV & Radio Channels, resolution up to 1080p, multi-language support video: Vob, MPG, M2T, MP4, MKV, MOV, M2TS, AVI (does play Xvid AVIs), music: MP3, WAV, images in: JPG, BMP and more.


Check what channels this receiver may provide:

Irish Channels
  • RTÉ One
  • RTÉ Two HD
  • TV3
  • TG4
  • RTÉ News Now
  • 3e
  • RTÉjr
  • RTÉ One + 1
UK Entertainment
  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • ITV1
  • ITV HD*
  • Channel 4
  • Five
  • BBC Three
  • BBC Four
  • BBC HD – High Definition
  • BBC ALBA Scotland – Gaelic
  • ITV2
  • ITV2 +1
  • ITV3
  • ITV3 +1
  • ITV4
  • ITV4 +1
  • S4C Digidol (Wales)
  • Channel 4 + 1
  • E4
  • E4 +1
  • More4
  • More 4 +1
  • CBS Drama
  • CBS Reality
  • CBS Action
  • Zone Horror
  • Zone Horror + 1
  • BET
  • BET + 1
  • BBC News
  • BBC Parliament
  • S4C2 (Wales)
  • Al Jazeera English
  • Euronews
  • France 24
  • Russia Today
  • CNN
  • Bloomberg Television
  • NHK World TV
  • CNBC Europe
  • Film4
  • Film4 +1
  • True Movies
  • True Movies 2
  • Movies4Men
  • Movies4Men2
  • Wedding TV
  • Wedding TV Asia
  • Information TV
  • Rural TV
  • Food Network
  • Food Network +1
  • price-drop tv
  • bid tv
  • Pitch TV
  • Pitch World
  • Gems TV
  • TV Shop
  • Shop on TV
  • JML
  • JML Cookshop
  • Thane
  • Best Direct
  • Ideal World
  • Chart Show TV
  • The Vault
  • Scuzz
  • B4U Music
  • Zee Music
  • Clubland TV
  • CBBC
  • CBeebies
  • CITV
  • POP
  • POPGirl
  • Tiny POP
  • Kix!
Specialist / Education
  • Teachers TV
  • 9X
  • Inspiration TV
  • Daystar TV
  • Revelation TV
  • RTÉ Radio 1
  • RTÉ 2fm
  • RTÉ lyric fm
  • RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
  • RTÉ Choice
  • RTÉ Pulse
  • RTÉ 2XM
  • RTÉ Gold
  • RTÉ Chill
  • RTÉJr
  • Radio 1 Extra

Amiko Mini HD SE with LED Display and new processor

High quality & well reviewed mini satellite receiver from Amiko with Ethernet features is suitable for free UK channels from Astra 28.2 and uses a 12 volt power supply and Scart. It makes it perfect for installing it outside your home and for vacations and camping. It has 6000 channels (TV and Radio) and could Stream TV & Radio channels to your Android devices via local network!

Featuring two High Speed USB 2.0 Connections, Ethernet connection & USB Wi-Fi Support (Ralink RT5370 chip only, channel recording and could time shift simultaneously. It has Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for on screen channel information, it has subtitles and Teletext supported by VBI insertion and software emulation. Program and channel information transfer from receiver to receiver with channel switching time less than 1 second.

Other important features:

  • Parental lock facility by channel and program event
  • True-color, User Friendly On-Screen Display (OSD)
  • Full Picture in Graphic (PIG) function
  • YouTube videos
  • RSS Reader & Weather Forecast Functions (Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection required)
  • DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS Compatible
  • Full HD (1080p) Output via HDMI
  • Channel Recording to External Storage Devices
  • Exciting games embedded
  • Multi-Language support
  • Power Consumption in Stand-By: <0.5W