James McClean this evening.


Cardiff, Wales.

Thomas Russel writes:

James McClean scores for Ireland [in crucial World Cup play off qualifier away to Wales]  & the national broadcaster, RTÉ, has geo-blocked broadcast of the match to his hometown, Derry.

Was it for this, indeed?

The usual suspects will doubtless say they don’t care about the north. I’d say they’ll take the goal, though.


James McClean secures play-off spot in famous away win (RTÉ)

Pic: RTÉ

47 thoughts on “Geo Blocked

  1. Zootopian

    RTÉ have to geoblock it as they don’t have the rights to show it in the North.

    To have the rights, they’d need to purchase the rights for all qualifiers for the UK.

    Not much point moaning about it – anyone in the North could watch it on S4C or Sky.

  2. bad@memes

    The Worst Player was the RTÉ Player.
    The Graphics were stuttering Commodore 64 standard at best.
    The Sound was just two blokes saying random clichés. (That might have been intentional. I don’t know.)

    A very poor performance.
    Does anyone know what the final score was?

  3. Thomas Russell

    James McClean & his hometown folk aren’t Irish enough to be allowed vote for the President of Ireland.

    1. bisted

      …but for a labour lackey and a FF bagman one of his hometown folk would have been President of Ireland…

      1. Friscondo

        What, you mean Martin? Or as he was known within MI5, agent J118 or “The Fisherman”. Take your pick. Would have made a great president.

    2. Rob_G

      And we aren’t allowed vote for Stormont MPs or MLAs. Or for deputies to the Bundestag or the U.S. House of Congress.

  4. rotide

    Came to broadsheet to see in what interesting fashion they would be outraged by this fantastic result.

    Was not dissapointed.

    1. bad@memes

      fantastic result?’

      Like seriously. like?
      – ‘fantastic’?

      You’re abusing the English language there pal.
      It’s not cricket.

    2. realPolithicks

      All you ever do is complain about everything on Broadsheet, why not do use all a favour and stop using it.

    3. bad@memes

      I don’t complain.
      I don’t get upset.
      I don’t remember names, comments etc.
      (There’s probably other stuff I don’t remember too, but I forget what it is.)
      My point is, IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTRESS.

      I only EVER post stuff here when I’m drunk.
      I’ve cut down on my drinking recently. Apparently it isn’t working. You didn’t notice.

      I’ll be back, drunker than ever.
      But I’ll NEVER complain.
      That would make me a bit like you, and I don’t like you a bit.

      (…remember, I’ll forget your name tomorrow. Actually, I’ve forgotten it already. We should be friends. :-) )

      1. bad@memes

        I’ll admit, I DO ridicule the preposterous.
        I still maintain, I don’t complain.*

        *Frilly, you’re probably the only one who gets that joke and still thinks it’s funny. Personally I’m proud of making a joke with a simple comma.
        It doesn’t matter.

        I have a question I want to ask you in real life.
        Nothing urgent.

        Wait ’til I sober up.
        I’ll e-mail you when I can properly formulate the question. It might be this side of Christmas, so don’t make any plans.

        1. bad@memes

          It’s WORK-related.

          (I just re-read my comment in Mildred’s voice and thought it was a good idea to clarify that it was work-related. About work.)

      1. bad@memes

        Why don’t you write a song about it?
        Print up some posters, organise a march…
        … whistle a tune while you disappear up your own backside.

        Make the World a better place.

    1. bad@memes

      Sucking the milk from a coconut…
      – And when all the milk is gone… Look on the bright side… You still have a coconut.

      On the other hand, you still have a coconut and you’re in a gunfight….

      I don’t know a lot about football but I think you know less.

      1. bad@memes

        I know a lot about coconuts.
        Kid Creole had three of them.
        One of them had a stool with a pigeon on it.
        Ha – Cha – cha – chaaaa…

        That’s all I know.

  5. Daisy Chainsaw

    That’s why apps like Hola unblocker exist. We don’t get to watch the Ulster variant of BBC either.

    1. Twunt

      Eh? I have BBC NI.
      I really do enjoy the very partizan rugby commentary, regional radio gaa is more balanced that Jimmmy Neilly

    2. bad@memes

      Stand back Lads…
      … I think we got us one o’ dem ‘Internet’ types here….

      Sounds a bit Spanish too… Be very careful… I think they’re in mating season right now, and more aggressive than usual.

    1. bad@memes

      I was going to say it but I use capital letters sometimes, and I never use exclamation marks.
      Exclamation marks are a sign of weakness. [FACT]

      1. bad@memes

        Also, ‘Dragon’ and ‘Slayer’ should be hyphenated if you ask me, unless you mean the band.
        – That’s just my opinion.

      2. bad@memes

        petey, are you a METALHEAD?

        You use a lot of ‘punctuation’ so I’m going to ask you, are you a big and hairy ‘Heavy-Metal’ bloke?
        BTW – Are you a drummer or do you play bass? (No offense intended.)
        I have a new question…

        Who’s the best, Suzi Quatro or Joan Jett?

        ˙ǝzᴉɹd ɐ ʇǝƃ ʇ,uop noʎ ‘oN
        ˙sƃuᴉɥʇ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟᴉp ǝɹ,ʎǝɥ┴ ˙ʇsǝʇ ɐ sɐʍ ʇᴉ ˙˙˙uoᴉʇᴉʇǝdɯoɔ ɐ ʇ,usɐʍ ʇI ˙ʍou ʎɐʍ ʇɥƃᴉɹ ǝɥʇ dn ʞɔɐq uǝǝɹɔs ɹǝʇndɯoɔ ɹnoʎ uɹnʇ uɐɔ no⅄

        ˙ʇsǝʇ ǝɥʇ pǝssɐd noʎ ʎzzO sɐʍ ɹǝʍsuɐ ɹnoʎ ɟI

  6. Custo

    Sure it may as well be geo blocked here too for all the ‘error: stream not found’, constant buffering, pausing, jumping forward and the resolution auto adjusting to ‘giant blurred pixels’ for minutes at a time.

  7. BB

    Sorry to break up your little squabble here folks but just want to address the original point raised.

    Northern viewers are not GEO blocked and can view RTÉ online as per the rest of the republic. HOWEVER

    ..this is only possible if your ISP assigns an NI IP address to you instead of one out of the standard UK pool. This is what most NI residents will receive by default and the reason said NI viewers see the “International” version of RTÉ online.

    So, if you you request a specific NI IP address from your ISP up here in the 6 counties, you will be able to watch online as the rest of the country does. I believe Virgin are the most approachable in this respect, however not all providers will be willing to do this?

    More info here from RTÉ here: https://www.rte.ie/player/gb/help/geo/

    No FIGHT! required …

    COYBIG – up the Derry lads and what happens if we draw NI in the play-offs !?! ;)

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