RTÉ player, a new catch-up web TV service on RTÉ.ie was today launched, giving Irish broadband users a chance to catch up on their favourite RTÉ television shows for up to 21 days after broadcast.

Soap fans can catch up with all the drama in Fair City, Eastenders and Home and Away for seven days after they have aired. Or if you have missed any of your favourite entertainment shows, the Late Late Show, Tubridy Tonight, Podge & Rodge, and Brides of Franc among others will be available for 21 days after broadcast.

When viewers visit www.rte.ie/player it is a “click and play” service, which requires no registration, installation or download. The player has been developed to deliver a new and improved service to reflect audience needs and offer viewers more choice in how they watch programmes.

More than 200 hours of programmes from all categories of the RTÉ broadcast schedule are available to view.

Commenting on the launch, Múirne Laffan, Executive Director of RTÉ Publishing, said: "This is an exciting new opportunity for Irish viewers to access their favourite programmes whenever they want to.

"RTÉ player will enhance our service to existing and new RTÉ audiences, extending the availability of our programmes and addressing the challenge to consumers viewing habits beyond traditional appointment to view."