Fans have been glued to their seats — if not hiding behind them — throughout the second series of The Fall but for viewers in the North trying to watch it on RTÉ this week, the black drama left them with a touch of the blues.
It may be set and made in Belfast but, at the decree of the makers of the popular show, viewers there must now wait four days after each episode airs on RTÉ to see it on BBC.
For the first two installments of this second series, fans in the North who had a Sky subscription could watch it on the RTÉ channel.
However, they were left furious when they tried to tune in on Sunday to see that the channel was blocked.
Many who had set their Sky boxes to record the episode found their recording had failed.
Quite a few disgruntled viewers took to social media to vent their anger.
“RTÉ promoting a sickening them and us elitism by blocking #TheFall. The bloody thing is filmed here! At least BBC2 has it in HD,” tweeted one viewer.
“Not amused! Sky decided to confiscate my rte recording of the fall last night.
“Will have to wait until tomorrow now!” said another.
“The blocking of The Fall for RTÉ One viewers in Northern Ireland on Sunday night is in accordance with RTÉ’s agreement with the programme rights’ owner and will also apply to the remaining episodes,” an RTÉ spokesman said.
“The first two episodes were not blocked on the Sky platform.
“This was unintentional on the part of RTÉ.
“However, they were blocked on both Freeview and on Virgin Media cable and the remainder of the series will be blocked on all platforms based in Northern Ireland.”
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