Fine Gael TD and consumer protection spokeswoman Olivia Mitchell warned shoppers buying a new digital TV this Christmas to make sure the set is MPEG4-compatible.

Most good retailers are advising customers accordingly; however, TVs which are only MPEG2 compatible may still be available for sale in some shops, Buying the wrong TV now may mean viewers having to buy a separate set-top box in order to receive the new Irish service.

There are now six TV channels and 10 Radio stations on Saorview which covers over 92% of viewers today. Full Launch is expected in May 2011 and ASO (Analogue Switch Off) at the end of 2012.