Willie O’Reilly: RTÉ’s digital shutdown is a lost opportunity

The decision to dump digital audio broadcasting 15 years into this service is a poor strategic move which may have to be revisited in the future

5th March, 2021
Willie O’Reilly: RTÉ’s digital shutdown is a lost opportunity
Normal People: the hit show first appeared on BBC Three, the online station which is set to return to traditional TV

The future for media is digital, isn’t it? And the future for media distribution is the internet? Frankly, they seem silly questions. Of course the media are only going one way: digital, using fibre optic cable. Even Sky which, as its name suggests, uses satellite distribution, is moving online. Its Now TV offering is essentially the satellite service over the internet. It’s the future, right?

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