RTÉ has launched a new global online Irish television service for international audiences with 500 hours of unique Irish content now available worldwide.
Good news for Irish living abroad – RTÉ has just launched RTÉ Player International on iOS. This brand new, online TV service offers audiences outside of Ireland 500 hours of free and paid-for Irish television content, including just-aired television content which will be refreshed daily. It will also feature box sets and collections of some of Ireland’s most popular shows such as The Late Late Show, Six One News, Prime Time, Nationwide and The Saturday Night Show.
The app will also feature editorially selected collections of content, themed around events, seasons, genres and people to bring a unique selection of contemporary and classic Irish television to audiences internationally.
Launching this new international service Alex White T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources said: “Irish audiences abroad will now be able to avail of literally hundreds of hours of Irish television content across the full range of genres, while providing a valuable showcase for the best of Irish audiovisual production to viewers across the globe.”
Brand ambassador for RTÉ Player International, Ryan Tubridy said: “It is a great pleasure to be the ambassador for RTÉ Player International. I know from feedback from international viewers of The Late Late Show that no matter where or how long you are living abroad, sometimes you just need that connection to home, whether that's hearing the Irish accent, catching up with news and events or getting a dose of Irish humour. RTÉ Player International delivers this in spades – it's like having Ireland in your pocket – just one click away.”
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RTÉ Player International will be a ‘freemium’ offering which means that audiences will be able to download the app for free and access 100 hours of free content, refreshed daily. The full content offering can be accessed and watched free of advertising for a monthly subscription of €8.99 ($8.99/ £6.99) through the App Store. This subscription helps to cover the cost of securing the international rights for the content and for delivering this premium quality video-on-demand service.
The new enhanced RTÉ Player International service is available for iOS devices, supporting iOS7 or greater. The original RTÉ Player service for international audiences remains available on desktop and android.