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Friday 15 December 2017

RTE launch International Player ... but programmes not available on Android

Pictured at the RTE Player International launch are Bryan Dobson, Moya Doherty, Chair of the RTE Board, Ryan Tubridy
Pictured at the RTE Player International launch are Bryan Dobson, Moya Doherty, Chair of the RTE Board, Ryan Tubridy
Pictured at the RTE Player International launch are Miriam O'Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy

The RTE Player International has been launched with much fanfare - but Irish disapora can only access the app via an Apple device.

The new app, which provides 500 hours of unique Irish content for audiences worldwide, is not yet available on Android devices.

"In time we will review the roll out of the service on other platforms," a spokesperson for RTE told the Herald.

"For android and desktop users, they can still access the original service, but currently not the enhanced new service."

The original service allows free access to limited content while the new app will provide access to a myriad of new and old shows - some of which are free while a subscription must be bought to access others.

Ireland's most popular shows such as The Late Late Show, Nationwide and Prime Time will be free while Callan's Kicks or Gay Byrne's The Meaning of Life will be behind a pay wall.

International subscribers will have to pay €8.99 per month to access popular dramas like The Clinic, Amber, Love/Hate as well as comedy shows such as Naked Camera and Anonymous.

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Pictured at the RTE Player International launch are Bryan Dobson, Moya Doherty, Chair of the RTE Board, Ryan Tubridy

While the first two seasons of Love/Hate will be available to fans in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, those in the US will not be able to view it due to licensing issues.

"There is a particular thing about it in that we've sold it in some territories to broadcasters so it's available on the Player in a few territories. It depends on deals we have already made," a spokesperson explained.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Diapora Affairs, welcomed the new service.

"The launch is wonderful news for the diaspora. It will provide them with a quick and convenient link to home."

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