List of television channels available in the Republic of Ireland

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This is a list of channels available in Ireland.

Main channels[edit]

Entertainment channels[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
RTÉ One HD Raidió Teilifís Éireann
RTÉ One +1 Raidió Teilifís Éireann
RTÉ Two Raidió Teilifís Éireann
RTÉ Two HD Raidió Teilifís Éireann
TV3 TV3 Television Network Ltd. (Doughty Hanson & Co)
TG4 Teilifís na Gaeilge
TG4 HD Teilifís na Gaeilge
3e TV3 Television Network Ltd. (Doughty Hanson & Co)
Irish TV[1] Irish TV Ltd.

Northern Ireland channels[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
BBC One Northern Ireland BBC
BBC One Northern Ireland HD BBC
BBC Two Northern Ireland BBC
UTV UTV Media
UTV +1 UTV Media
UTV HD UTV Media
Channel 4 Channel Four Television Corporation
Channel 4 +1 Channel Four Television Corporation
Channel 4 HD Channel Four Television Corporation
Channel 5 Northern & Shell
Channel 5 +1 Northern & Shell
Channel 5 HD Northern & Shell

Children's[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
RTÉjr Raidió Teilifís Éireann
TRTÉ Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Cúla4 Teilifís na Gaeilge

News[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
RTÉ News Now Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Oireachtas TV Oireachtas

Sport[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
Setanta Ireland Setanta Sports
Setanta HD Setanta Sports
Setanta Sports 1 Setanta Sports
Setanta Sports 1 HD[2] Setanta Sports

Community channels[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
DCTV Dublin Community Television
Cork Community TV Cork Community TV Ltd.
P5tv P5tv Ltd

Forthcoming channels[edit]

Proposed channels[edit]

2015

2016

Unconfirmed Launch Date

  • 3Kids, children's channel operated by TV3
  • 3Classics, documentary and film channel
  • Cula4, Irish-language channel aimed at children and teenagers
  • TG4 +1, TG4 delayed by one hour
  • Irish Film Channel - proposed to launch on Saorview 2013/2014. Underdetermined[5]
  • DCTV / NVTV, community television channel
  • Chilli Hits (working title), 24-hour music channel based on local and international music
  • NITV (working title); news, current affairs, feature programming, film, drama and documentary from Northern Ireland[citation needed]
  • FISÈ, a film channel
  • CEOL, a music channel
  • EOLAS, a channel providing parliamentary coverage from the Oireachtas, Stormont and the EU

Other channels broadcasting to Ireland[edit]

Specialised channels for Ireland[edit]

These channels show local advertising and/or sponsorship for Ireland.

Channel Name Owner/parent company
Sky1 [6] Sky Ireland
Sky1 HD [6] Sky Ireland
Sky2 [6][7] Sky Ireland
Sky Living [6][7] Sky Ireland
Sky Living +1 [6][7] Sky Ireland
Sky Living HD [6][7] Sky Ireland
Sky Sports 1 [6] Sky Ireland
Sky Sports 1 HD [6] Sky Ireland
Sky Sports 2 [6] Sky Ireland
Sky Sports 2 HD [6] Sky Ireland
Sky Sports News [6] Sky Ireland
Sky Sports News HD [6] Sky Ireland
At the Races [6] British Sky Broadcasting/Arena Leisure/28 UK racecourses
Sky Atlantic [6] Sky Ireland
Sky Atlantic HD [6] Sky Ireland
Sky News [6] Sky Ireland
Sky News HD [6] Sky Ireland
Pick TV [6] Sky Ireland
MTV [6] Viacom International Media Networks Europe
MTV Music [6] Viacom International Media Networks Europe
Nickelodeon [6] Nickelodeon UK (Viacom International Media Networks Europe/British Sky Broadcasting)
Nick Jr. [6] Nickelodeon UK (Viacom International Media Networks Europe/British Sky Broadcasting)
Nick Jr.2 [6] Viacom International Media Networks Europe
Comedy Central [6] Paramount UK Partnership (Paramount British Pictures/British Sky Broadcasting)
Comedy Central +1 [6] Paramount UK Partnership (Paramount British Pictures/British Sky Broadcasting)
Comedy Central Extra [6] Paramount UK Partnership (Paramount British Pictures/British Sky Broadcasting)
E! [6] NBCUniversal
Discovery Channel [6] Discovery Networks Western Europe
TLC [6] Discovery Networks Western Europe
Universal Channel Universal Networks International (NBCUniversal)
E4 Channel Four Television Corporation
E4 +1 Channel Four Television Corporation

Pan-European/international channels[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
Euronews Euronews SA
British Eurosport TF1 Group
British Eurosport 2 TF1 Group
British Eurosport HD TF1 Group
MGM Chello Central Europe
MGM HD MGM Channel (UK) Limited (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/British Sky Broadcasting)
TV5Monde Europe TV5MONDE, S.A.
CNN International Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner)
Bloomberg Television Bloomberg L.P.
CNBC Europe NBCUniversal
BBC HD BBC
BBC World News BBC
National Geographic Channel NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels)
National Geographic Channel +1 NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels)
National Geographic Channel HD NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels)
Nat Geo Wild NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels)
Nat Geo Wild HD NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels)
History A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting)
History +1 A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting)
History HD A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting)
Crime & Investigation Network A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting)
Crime & Investigation Network +1 A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting)
Crime & Investigation Network HD A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting)
TCM Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner)

UK channels available in Ireland[edit]

Channel Name Owner/parent company
BBC Three BBC
BBC Four BBC
BBC News BBC
ITV2 ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc)
ITV3 ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc)
ITV4 ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc)
Bio. A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting)
Gold UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive)
Gold +1 UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive)
Sky Arts 1 British Sky Broadcasting
Sky Arts 1 HD British Sky Broadcasting
Sky Arts 2 British Sky Broadcasting
Sky Arts 2 HD British Sky Broadcasting
Pick TV British Sky Broadcasting
Pick TV +1 British Sky Broadcasting
Sky Sports 3 British Sky Broadcasting
Sky Sports 3 HD British Sky Broadcasting
Sky Sports 4 British Sky Broadcasting
Sky Sports 4 HD British Sky Broadcasting
ESPN ESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company/Hearst Corporation)
ESPN HD ESPN Inc. (The Walt Disney Company/Hearst Corporation)
Fox Fox International Channels (News Corporation)
Fox + Fox International Channels (News Corporation)
Fox HD Fox International Channels (News Corporation)

Defunct channels[edit]

Unknown dates[edit]

  • Telefís na Gaeltachta - this was a pirate Irish language service in the west of Ireland, and a fore-runner of the state-owned broadcaster, TG4.
  • Capital Television - this was another short-lived Dublin channel which only broadcast a caption for a week, along with a testcard at night another week. It, too, was a pirate TV channel.

1980s[edit]

  • Channel 3 - (Later known as Channel D) was a short-lived Dublin based television station broadcasting from July 1981 to October 1981. It was a pirate TV channel.
  • Nova TV - this was another Dublin pirate TV channel that was broadcast for a short time in the 1980s.

1990s[edit]

  • RLO TV - this was another legal/pirate television station (Satellite and UHF), broadcast in Limerick by Radio Limerick One in 1999 and 2000. An official license was granted for the satellite service in 1997 at which time digital broadcasts began making this the first digital television channel in Ireland beating RTÉ by years. During the UHF years while the station was not airing its own content they would broadcast a relay of UK Channel 5.

2000s[edit]

  • Waterford@8 - this was a sister local TV service of WLR FM in Waterford. It was available on cable in Waterford city and Dungarvan and on MMDS in east Waterford and south Kilkenny. The service launched in 2000, and ceased in 2005.
  • Sky News Ireland - this was an Irish version of Sky News, carried to Ireland on Sky Digital, and by most cable companies. It ceased broadcasting in November 2006 due to low audience figures.
  • Chorus Sports - this was on Chorus Cable, which showed local sports, greyhound racing, and national motor racing events. This ceased broadcasting in January 2007.
  • Bubble Hits Ireland - this was a 24-hour music channel targeting both the Ireland and the rest of Europe (European version). On 13 February 2009, Bubble Hits ceased broadcasting due to a downturn in advertising revenue.
  • Channel 6 - active from 2006 to January 2009

2010s[edit]

  • Buzz TV - this was a 24-hour interactive television service it ceased operating in July 2010. Two years after its original launch.

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