The UK is 20x bigger market. So FTA Irish TV over UK would make TV for IRISH viewer prohibitively expensive for bought in content OR locally made. Any content that UK broadcasters have rights for would them be unavailable at ANY price to Irish broadcasters
Also Ka-Sat has no crippling EPG costs.
Sky ought to be paying RTE etc for the 28.2 Encrypted content. They get it free which makes Sky Ireland competitive.
Sky Encryption, Sky EPG, Freesat EPG, 28.2 Carriage. EACH of those alone is more expensive than Ka-Sat, which RTE uses as a transmitter site backup feed. Sky was charging RTE a fortune for the viewing cards for transmitter sites! So Ka-Sat, which is fill in for people pay TV licence in IRELAND, is essentially free.
The shame is that carriage on Ka-Sat is optional. So TV3 and I think UTV Ireland are not on it as the small cost is more than any additional revenue for 1% to 2% of viewers.
There was originally the Solas Card. The money paid to sky was enormous. Then when BBC, ITV and C4 closed the scheme, Sky had "Freesat from Sky" card for small charge. Puppy dog trojan advertising to get full sub.
Tara went bust on Sky because of the costs of Sky EPG and Encryption. Sky provides this free in Ireland for RTE etc as otherwise Sky PayTv can't compete with Cable (UPC/Virgin and now Eir as well as Crossey). Sky would charge RTE more per channel for UK EPG and Encryption so much that TV licence cost would double!