The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Carey has signed an Order directing the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to seek expressions of interest from broadcast content providers and other interested parties in providing content for the Digital Terrestrial Television Platform in Ireland. The Expressions of Interest will be sought by the BAI in the coming weeks. The BAI will make a report to the relevant minister in April.

RTÉ is planning to launch SAORVIEW in May 2011. SAORVIEW will operate alongside the existing analogue terrestrial TV network until the analogue network is switched off in late 2012. The switch-off of the analogue TV network will release additional spectrum for commercial purposes and is expected to produce a significant benefit to the Exchequer.