RTÉ has launched a new global online Irish television service for the hundreds of thousands of Irish people living abroad.
The service - which was launched today - offers 500 hours of free and paid-for Irish television content to international audiences - including just-aired content that will be refreshed daily.
The service comes in the form of an app and will be a ‘freemium’ offering.
This means that audiences will be able to download the app for free and access 100 hours of free content, but to access the full range of content you will have to sign up for a monthly subscription of €8.99.
Content such as The Late Late Show, The Six One News, Fair City, specific live events and Nationwide will all be available to watch for free, while you will only be able to access shows such as Operation Transformation, Love/Hate box sets, The Panel and Croke Park Live through the monthly subscription.
“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,” Ryan Tubridy said speaking at the launch today.
“it's like having Ireland in your pocket – just one click away”.
Ryan has been unveiled as the brand ambassador and will front an online advertising campaign for the new service.
The International service is currently only available for iOS devices, supporting iOS7 or greater.
The original RTÉ Player service for international audiences remains available on desktop and android.
For more visit information visit: www.rte.ie/playerinternational
The new app for international audiences (outside of Ireland) can be downloaded from the App Store.