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Enjoy your favourite Irish programmes live and on demand

RTÉ Player International for iPhone and iPad lets you watch some of Ireland’s most popular TV programmes, with free and paid subscriptions.

  • Catch up on the latest just-aired TV programmes, binge on box sets.
  • Search and discover hidden Irish gems in curated collections
  • Subscribe and enjoy instant access to all the great programmes RTÉ Player International has to offer.
  • Catch up on the latest just-aired TV programmes, binge on box sets.
  • Search and discover hidden Irish gems in curated collections
  • Subscribe and enjoy instant access to all the great programmes RTÉ Player International has to offer.

Award winning TV series, gripping documentaries & daily updates

Sit back and enjoy 500 hours of high quality Irish television. You can choose from Drama, Comedy, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Irish Language, News & Current Affairs, Documentary, Children's programmes and more.

Nine O'Clock News
Fair City
The Ray D’Arcy Show
Nationwide
The Late Late Show
Prime Time

Recommended by Irish around the World

"Love it. Beautiful app and so easy to use...so excited I can watch the news with Irish accents...Killinascully!!! Yahoooo!"

"Great app. Nice to be able to catch up with what’s happening back home from the other side of the globe."

"Finally a quality stream from RTÉ for us in the UK. Nice layout and quality video, what more would you want."

@shanedelahunty: "Great to see our @RTEPlayerInt app in the Top 10 Enterntainment apps in the UK this weekend!"

@OrfhlaithMaher: "Delighted the @RTEPlayerInt will be working when I move to Brussels! No excuse for missing #faircity or #TheLateLateShow"

@daraobriain: "Irish people round the world, if you want to watch this historic day live go to @RTEPlayerInt and download the app..."

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General FAQs

Here are our top Frequently Asked Questions. These should cover most queries, but if you haven’t found the answer to your question here, just drop us a line at playerinternational.feedback@rte.ie and we’ll get back to you.

  • 1
    What is RTÉ Player International?

    RTÉ Player International is an iOS App that gives international audiences (outside of the Republic of Ireland) instant access to explore the best of Irish television. Audiences around the world can enjoy instant access to some of Ireland’s most popular TV shows including The Late Late Show, Prime Time, The Six One News, Fair City, Nationwide and lots more.

    There are over 500 hours of great Irish television available on the app, including the latest just-aired TV programmes for up to 30 days as well as a great selection of box sets and collections.

    There is a wide range of free programmes as well as additional paid for content, covering many genres including; News and Current Affairs, Comedy, Entertainment, Documentaries, Drama, Lifestyle, Irish Language and Kids. Content is refreshed daily with new programmes and series constantly being added.

    To access the premium content, users must register and subscribe through the app.

  • 2
    What programmes are free to watch?

    There are over 40 hours of free content added every week. Free programmes include;

    Prime Time, Nationwide, One O’Clock News, Six O’Clock News, Nine O’Clock News, Claire Byrne Live, Nationwide, Today, The Week in Politics, Oireachtas Report, The Late Late Show, Saturday Night with Miriam, Fair City, The Sunday Game Extras, RBS 6 Nations Extras, Soccer Republic, St.Patrick’s Day, The Rose of Tralee and Eurovision.

    For a complete list of programmes available, download the app and browse through the content.

  • 3
    What do I get when I subscribe?

    A monthly subscription gives you instant access to unlimited content on the app without advertisements. Subscribers get access to a massive video library that includes complete box sets of some of Ireland’s most popular TV shows. New subscriber content is added regularly and for a complete list of shows available, you can browse through the content on the App.

    Subscriber programmes include;

    Documentaries: Creedon’s Cities, Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way, Legacy, Collusion, Coming Out Of The Curve: Donal Og Cusack, Communion Kids, Creedon’s Cities, Croke Park Lives, How To Be Happy, How To Be Irish, In Bed With The Irish and many more.

    Box Sets: Animal Clinic, Anonymous, At Your Service, Baz’s Extreme Worlds, Customs, Dermot’s Secret Garden, How to Create a Garden, Killinaskully, Martin’s Mad About Fish, Naked Camera, Operation Transformation, Proof, Rachel’s Favourite Food, Room to Improve, Second Captains, Super Garden, The Clinic, Gay Byrne’s The Meaning of Life, Love/Hate, Father Ted, The Imelda May Show, Ear to the Ground, Republic of Telly and lots more.

    Programme availability is subject to change and may not be the same in all countries. Catch up on free content is available for up to 30 days.

  • 4
    What live content can I watch?

    There is live news and live entertainment programming available to watch regularly. We show a number of bespoke live events and special programmes throughout the course of the year e.g. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Rose of Tralee, Eurovision, 1916 Commemorative events and other live events.

  • 5
    Why can’t I see RTÉ Player International in the App Store?

    Due to the way iTunes accounts are set up by Apple, to download the RTÉ Player International App you will need to have an international iTunes account. If your iTunes account is connected to Ireland, you will only be able to see the RTÉ Player app available in the App Store. If you cannot set up an international iTunes account, you can still use the Irish RTÉ Player while abroad to catch up on key programmes just ensure you have the latest update downloaded from the app store.

    Apple's rules state that to be registered internationally you need a credit card that is issued in that country. For information on Apple iTunes accounts visit https://www.apple.com/support/.

    You select a country that you are based in when you set up your Apple ID. You can check the country of your existing iTunes store account. Your Apple ID contains your account information including country and credit card information. Find out how to manage your Apple ID.

  • 6
    How can I watch RTÉ Player if I have an Irish iTunes account and live abroad?

    If you have an Irish iTunes account you can still access free rights cleared international content via the Irish RTÉ Player app from outside Ireland. You will need to download the RTÉ Player App or if you have it already installed, you will have to install the latest update from the App Store.

  • 7
    What are the differences between RTÉ Player International and RTÉ Player?

    The main difference between RTÉ Player and RTÉ Player International is the content that is available on each service. RTÉ Player International has a massive catalogue of content that includes box sets and documentaries of popular Irish TV shows as well as gems from the archives. Subscriber content is only available on the RTÉ Player International app and is not available for those with the RTÉ Player App.

    Content is curated on RTÉ Player International and there are user recommendations as well as collections of themed content to help users discover the best of what the service has to offer. There are rights restrictions on what can be made available internationally, especially around sport.

    RTÉ Player in Ireland is primarily a catch-up service that is available on iOS, Desktop and Android. Content that is aired on broadcast TV channels RTÉ One and RTÉ 2 is available for up to 30 days (subject to rights).

  • 8
    What devices can use the App?

    The new enhanced RTÉ Player International service is available for iOS devices, supporting iOS7+. This enhanced service is available on iOS only for now. You can access some content internationally on Desktop and Android on the RTÉ Player service.

  • 9
    Can I connect the iOS App to my television set?

    If you have an Apple TV you can send the video from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to it using Airplay.

  • 6
    How can I watch RTÉ Player if I have an Irish iTunes account and live abroad?

    If you have an Irish iTunes account you can still access free rights cleared international content via the Irish RTÉ Player app from outside Ireland. You will need to download the RTÉ Player App or if you have it already installed, you will have to install the latest update from the App Store.

  • 7
    What are the differences between RTÉ Player International and RTÉ Player?

    The main difference between RTÉ Player and RTÉ Player International is the content that is available on each service. RTÉ Player International has a massive catalogue of content that includes box sets and documentaries of popular Irish TV shows as well as gems from the archives. Subscriber content is only available on the RTÉ Player International app and is not available for those with the RTÉ Player App.

    Content is curated on RTÉ Player International and there are user recommendations as well as collections of themed content to help users discover the best of what the service has to offer. There are rights restrictions on what can be made available internationally, especially around sport.

    RTÉ Player in Ireland is primarily a catch-up service that is available on iOS, Desktop and Android. Content that is aired on broadcast TV channels RTÉ One and RTÉ 2 is available for up to 30 days (subject to rights).

  • 8
    What devices can use the App?

    The new enhanced RTÉ Player International service is available for iOS devices, supporting iOS7+. This enhanced service is available on iOS only for now. You can access some content internationally on Desktop and Android on the RTÉ Player service.

  • 9
    Can I connect the iOS App to my television set?

    If you have an Apple TV you can send the video from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to it using Airplay.