RTÉ and TG4 will be available on free-to-air digital TV to viewers in Northern Ireland, thanks to a new deal between the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
The deal also means that the BBC will continue to be available for digital TV viewers in the Republic. The Irish and British Governments have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure a smooth transition to digital switchover; while the UK analogue signal is set to be turned off in 2012, the Irish Government has yet to set a date for the switch to digital.

RTÉ One, RTÉ Two and TG4 are already available on Sky to subscribers in Northern Ireland, it is not known if the Irish channels will only be made available on terrestrial Freeview, or whether thay will also be available free-to-air to satellite viewers.

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