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RTÉ and GAA to launch worldwide streaming service

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 19:16 | Comments

International viewers will be able to subscribe to watch all games televised in Ireland
International viewers will be able to subscribe to watch all games televised in Ireland

RTÉ and the GAA have announced plans for a new subscription-based worldwide streaming service for the 2014 All-Ireland Championships.

The paid-for service will feature the studio programming exactly as broadcast to audiences in Ireland.

All games will be streamed in HD across ipad or android tablets, laptops, PCs, Smart TVs, and on mobile phones. Subscribers will also be able to view The Sunday Game high;lights programme. 

The online service will enable users to watch the games on tablet devices, laptops, PCs, Smart TVs, or on mobile phones.

Speaking this afternoon at the announcement of the latest rights deal, GAA President Liam O'Neill said the international aspect of the latest deal was important to the GAA.

“Making our games more widely available to Irish people abroad was a critical factor in our approach to these negotiations. We felt an obligation to them not to neglect their legitimate appeals to be able to watch live TV coverage of our games.

"We are also glad that this brings the quality and excitement of our games to a wider international audience. Gaelic games are national games played in a small country, and which must compete for audience loyalty with the hugely powerful sporting and marketing resources of international sports.

"The GAA has to fight its corner, and must ensure that it maintains a strong presence across a range of media outlets so that we can continue to fund our clubs in the important sporting, cultural and social roles they perform in their communities ”

RTÉ Digital Managing Director Muirne Laffan welcomed what she described as an innovative collaboration,

“This will now enable us to deliver and showcase Gaelic games across the world and to serve a need which we know has existed for a long time.” 

GAA President Liam O’Neill said: “Making our games more widely available to Irish people abroad was a critical factor in our approach to these negotiations.”

Further details on the service will be announced at a launch this month. 

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