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List of channels on RTÉ Player & RTÉ Radio

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RTÉ Player summary

RTÉ Player is an on demand video service provided by Irish public media broadcaster RTÉ. The service provides live and recorded RTÉ television programmes, and content exclusive to the player as well as content from other international broadcasters.

The player is available in two formats: one for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and another for international audiences. The service provides news, current affairs, entertainment, sport, local and international dramas, and allows viewers to watch programmes from 7 to 21 days after they are broadcast. RTÉ Player was launched on 21 April 2009.

On 2 September 2011, RTÉ announced it would launch a similar platform of its digital radio stations under the name "RTÉ Radio Player". RTÉ Player was made available to Virgin Media Ireland (previously UPC Ireland) customers through their televisions from 25 May 2012. The service became available to all Sky Ireland customers on 8 July 2016.

In December 2018, a new HTML5 version of the RTÉ Player was revealed featuring content which is exclusive to the online player. The player also hosts additional channels including RTÉ Archives and RTÉ Food. The on-demand service also features content from international broadcasters such as CBS, ABC Australia, arte, Epix, Lionsgate Television and Warner Brothers Television.

RTÉ Radio summary

RTÉ Radio is a division of the Irish national broadcasting organisation Raidió Teilifís Éireann. RTÉ Radio broadcasts four analogue channels and five digital channels nationwide.

Founded in January 1926 as 2RN, the first broadcaster in the Irish Free State, in 1933 the service became Radio Athlone (Irish: Raidió Áth Luain) and in 1938 was renamed as Radio Éireann. In 1966, after launching a television service, it became Raidió Teilifís Éireann, or RTÉ. RTÉ Radio is, like its television parent, a statutory body, overseen by a board appointed by the Government of Ireland, with general management in the hands of the RTÉ Executive Board, headed by the Director-General. RTÉ Radio is regulated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The first voice broadcast of 2RN, the original radio callsign for what would eventually become RTÉ Radio 1, took place on 14 November 1925 when Seamus Clandillon, the station director, announced on air: "Seo Raidió 2RN, Baile Átha Cliath ag tástáil", Irish for "This is Radio 2RN, Dublin testing". Regular Irish radio broadcasting began on 1 January 1926. However, people in most of Ireland could not receive 2RN's (1.5 kilowatt) signal at the time.[1] When faced with numerous complaints from Cork regarding the writers' inability to tune in to the signal, Clandillon remarked in The Irish Radio Review, a magazine dedicated to the service, that they did not know how to operate their sets. A second station, 6CK (mostly relaying the transmissions of 2RN), was established in Cork in 1927.

A high power (initially 60 kW) station was established in Athlone, in 1932, to coincide with the staging of the Eucharistic Congress. 2RN, 6CK and Athlone became known as "Radio Athlone" or, in Irish, "Raidió Áth Luain" and were receivable across virtually the entire country. Radio Athlone was officially renamed "Radio Éireann" in 1938.Radio Éireann had limited programming hours and a conservative programming policy. It was barely tolerated by some Irish listeners, and was often shunned in favour of BBC stations and Radio Luxembourg. This changed when Radio Éireann became free of direct government control in the 1960s. In June 1969, work had begun on the new Radio Centre at Donnybrook. Construction of the building was finished in April 1971 and after a period of fitting-out and transition, live broadcasts began on 24 September 1973. By May 1974 the move from the GPO in O'Connell Street, (which had been the home of Irish radio since 1928), was complete.

A pop music channel, RTÉ Radio 2 (renamed RTÉ 2fm in 1988), began broadcasting on 31 May 1979, founded in response to the growth of pirate radio channels.An Irish language channel, Raidió na Gaeltachta, began broadcasting on 2 April 1972; RnaG has grown to become an influential news, music and spoken word service. RTÉ lyric fm serves the interests of classical music and the arts, coming on air in May 1999, and replacing FM3 Classical Music, which had catered for the same target audience and time-shared with Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Now, RTÉ has a nationwide communications network with an increasing emphasis on regional news-gathering and input. Broadcasting on RTÉ Radio 1 provides comprehensive coverage of news, current affairs, music, drama and variety features, agriculture, education, religion and sport, mostly in English but also some Irish. RTÉ 2fm is a popular music and chat channel. RTÉ lyric fm serves the interests of classical music and the arts, replacing FM3 Classical Music, which had catered for the same target audience and time-shared with Raidió na Gaeltachta. RTÉ-operated RTÉ Radio Cork (previously 'Cork 89FM' and 'RTÉ Cork Local Radio'), a local radio service in Cork, closed down in January 2000.


RTÉ Player

Channel logo Channel name Format Notes Owner or parent company Broadcast hours
RTE One HD.svg RTÉ One HD Some programmes restricted to Ireland only or Ireland and Northern Ireland only due to rights restrictions. Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTE2 HD.svg RTÉ2 HD Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉ News.svg RTÉ News HD Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉjr.svg RTÉjr HD Channel restricted to Ireland and Northern Ireland only.
(Hidden from channel tab when not broadcasting)
Raidió Teilifís Éireann 07:00-18:45

RTÉ Radio

Channel logo Channel name Format Notes Owner or parent company Broadcast hours
RTÉ Radio 1.svg RTÉ Radio 1 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉ Radio 1 - Studio Cam HD Raidió Teilifís Éireann Varies
(For selected programmes only)
RTÉ 2FM.svg RTÉ 2fm 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉ Lyric FM.svg RTÉ Lyric FM 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.svg RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 🔊 Irish language Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉ Gold.svg RTÉ Gold 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉ Pulse.svg RTÉ Pulse 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉ 2XM.svg RTÉ 2XM 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉjr Radio.svg RTÉjr Radio 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours
RTÉjr Radio 07:00-21:00
RTÉ Chill 21:00-07:00
RTÉ Chill.svg RTÉ Chill 🔊 Channel itself not present. Labelled as a programme on RTÉjr Radio Raidió Teilifís Éireann 21:00-07:00
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.svg RTÉ Radio 1 Extra 🔊 Raidió Teilifís Éireann 24 hours

See also

UK & Ireland

UK only

Ireland only


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