Television is available by means of different platforms throughout Ireland. The digital terrestrial television service, also known as Saorview is the main source of broadcast television since the termination of analogue transmissions in Oct, 2012. Digital satellite (through Sky Ireland, Saorsat and other European satellite service provides) and Cable (via UPC) are widespread in the country.
Discovery Channel forms an English speaking channel operated by Discovery Networks Western Europe focuses on UK and Ireland. The programming of the channel is based on the programming by Discovery Networks Europe, Discovery Channel Canada and Discovery Channel from the US. The online live TV is also available throughout Ireland.
The programming includes the following major broadcasts:-
• American Chopper
• How Do They Do It?
• Deadliest Catch
• Extreme Engineering
• How It’s Made
• Man Vs Wild
• Storm Chasers
• Firth Gear
• Wheel Dealers
Sky News is a multi media 24 hour news operation based in Britain. It offers non-stop rolling news on television, mobile devices and online. It also offers a service of national and international radio news to commercial radio stations in the UK. The news service puts emphasis on rolling news featuring the latest breaking news. Sky News has developed itself into digital operation via its mobile apps and website. It has also become as a content provider for news services throughout the United Kingdom and all over the world.
TV3 is a privately owned free to air television network that is operated within Ireland. Tullamore Beta Ltd, a subsidiary of Doughty Hanson & Co. owns the channel. TV3 was launched on Sep 20, 1998 and became the first commercial broadcaster of the country. It is also an affiliate of CNN.