Ex Pat App Of The Day


RTÉ Player International


Launched today.

The new RTÉ Player International app.

Ronan Walsh (Project Manager, RTÉ Digital) and Shane Delahunty (Digital Designer, RTÉ Digital) discuss its design and development (above).

Marika MacCarville at RTÉ writes:

The new service provides a new online television offering to international audiences (outside of Ireland) with 500 hours of free and paid-for Irish television content, including just-aired television content refreshed daily.

Spanning RTÉ News and Current Affairs, drama, comedy, entertainment, documentaries, lifestyle, Irish-language and kids content, the content offering will continue to expand with new programmes added regularly.

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….

Available to download iTunes here




Ryan Tubridy (top) and (above with Bryan Dobson and chair of RTÉ authority Moya Doherty) at the app launch in the RHA gallery, Dublin today.

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)




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20 thoughts on “Ex Pat App Of The Day

    1. ahjayzis

      Android is such a niche product after all.

      Don’t envision using this, certainly wouldn’t pay for it, I just proxy the RTE player.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      I thought that too….

      By the way Ultach, didn’t make that play on Friday last, went up to James Hospital for their open day on the new kids hospital instead… interesting… for a Friday evening.

      1. Ultach

        Hope that was good Clampers.
        Yep, the bold type. Probably for a very good reason, but me being a bit hair trigger with the paranoia an’ all…

        1. Clampers Outside!

          No, I did a little more and even did a bit searching…

          via @DarraghDoyle
          New @RTEPlayerInt app is freemium – 100hours of free content daily. Full content – 500 hours – is €8.99 / $8.99 / £6.99 monthly #globalirish

  1. Clampers Outside!

    If they can pull in advertising revenue and the app pays for itself (and then some), sure who could moan about this… I think this’ll make a small profit at least, sure all the content is made already anyway!

    Good luck to them!

  2. Custo

    They should have taken all the money they put into developing this app and used it to sort out the problems that the Player has on their website.

    Constant crashing, stream not found,content id not found, endless buffering,streams not restarting after an ad break etc.

    Also, that 30second AIB ad that plays every time you have to refresh the stream is incredibly annoying during a live sporting event, especially as during the actual TV Ad break, the player just goes blank and says ‘commercial break’. Could they not use that as ad time?

      1. Clampers Outside!

        All of which I too have experienced.

        Very valid points!

        And could they not run proper digitally mastered adverts for online rather than running the ads in the current crappy / blocky / sometimes-blurry format.

        RTE Player should demand ads be of decent online quality…. anyway, who cares, I tend to turn the sound off and flick tabs while the ads are on…

  3. Ture Kilcockian

    The reason that it is Apple only is that Android is indeed a niche market if a market involves the exchange of money for goods or services. Why make an app for people who will never ever pay?

  4. Starina

    if they can provide RTÉ internationally, they should be able to provide absentee voting internationally.

  5. CousinJack

    I considered emigrating just so I would never have to hear of the vacuous Turbidy again

  6. jusiph

    I live in Asia and RTE Player doesn’t stream at all well for me (even the content that doesn’t require a VPN) so I just watch BBC iPlayer. Sad but true

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