RTÉ has partnered with Freesat, the UK free-to-air television service, to develop a new product for the Saorview free digital TV platform in Ireland. RTÉ director-general Noel Curran said Saorview Connect will allow access a range of on demand content and Saorview channels, integrated in a set-top box with extra features.
Saorview Connect set-top boxes will feature a roll-back television guide, providing one-click access to catch-up programming. The service is based on Freesat’s cloud-based connected television guide solution, Metaphor. The service for satellite, terrestrial and cable operators is based on Freesat’s UK based Freetime service.
Saorview Connect is due to launch later in the year.