RTÉ Player 12+


    • Free


Watch the best of programmes broadcast on RTÉ Television with the RTÉ Player App.

You can watch selected programmes live from RTÉ One, RTÉ 2 and RTÉ News Now plus catch up on a wide selection of programmes broadcast on RTÉ Television for up to 21 days after transmission.

Social sharing features allow you to share programmes via email, Facebook and Twitter. You can browse programmes by name, category, date or latest. You can save programmes as a favourite and pick up on a programme where you last viewed.

The RTÉ Player App supports AirPlay so you can watch programmes on the big screen using Apple TV.

While most RTÉ Player content can be accessed through the app, some programmes may not be available due to rights restrictions. We are continually looking to clear rights and add new programmes.

The RTÉ Player App uses streaming technology which means that you must be connected to the Internet in order to watch programmes. The app will automatically adjust video quality based on the speed of your WiFi connection.

We hope you enjoy using the RTÉ Player.

What’s New

Version 3.107.0

We're always making changes and improvements to RTÉ Player to make it better for you.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
75.8K Ratings

75.8K Ratings

Nettieoc ,

Awful app

Something happened to a recording of a programme so I was forced to resort to Player. I remembered almost immediately why I detest the app.
I don’t get 30 minutes straight to sit down and watch programmes. Sometimes I’m grabbing 5 minutes with a coffee. Being forced to spend 2 of those minutes watching ads is frustrating. It’s difficult to search for content and when you shut down the app, the programme disappears. Inability to fast forward or rewind is frustrating too.
To think that my TV licence costs me more than my streaming services but the latter are exponentially better is, wait for it, frustrating.

WellieBellie ,

Awful, write to RTÉ & TDs to complain of waste of licence fee

Possibly the worst media player available, RTÉ moved from a sometimes glitchy player to a branded skin over the previous (hugely complained about) TV3/Virgin player. However the performance is significantly worse than that virgin iteration of the app. Huge battery drain, ads audio plays in background while show is streaming, app has no effective tracking of how much of an episode you have watched or where you might be in a series, it frequently clears the list of programmes you have marked as favourite, often crashes, has poor rewind/fast forward capabilities. All core functionality, I cannot understand how the developer’s services are retained after consistent failure to deliver a viable product to meet what should have been basic contract provisions. It’s a shame, I don’t agree with general RTÉ bashing about content, there is quite a lot of good and important programming, I just wish I could watch it

itdktfitc ,


Difficult to know where to start with this. The RTÉ player has no redeeming features. You cannot download content to watch later, content is infested with ads, it’s slow, it’s glitchy, and it drains battery life. There are people being paid well into 6 figures to oversee operational issues including the Player at the Irish state broadcaster, who in any other company would be sacked for wasting money and mismanagement. It is a disgrace that they are insulated by the public sector and not held to account for shoddy work. This player platform could be such an asset but instead it is representative of all the problems that exist with traditional linear-first broadcasters. Don’t waste your time. Download Channel 4’s player instead. It is simply excellent and it is free.

App Privacy

The developer, RTÉ, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Usage Data

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • User Content

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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