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List of channels on RTÉ Player & RTÉ Radio
RTÉ Player summary
The Irish public media outlet RTÉ offers an on-demand video service under the name RTÉ Player. The service offers RTÉ television programmes live and on demand, as well as player-only material and programming from other foreign broadcasters.
There are two variants of the player: one for audiences in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and the other for audiences across the world. The service offers access to programmes from 7 to 21 days after they have aired and offers news, current events, entertainment, sports, and local and foreign dramas. The RTÉ Player was introduced on April 21, 2009.
On September 2, 2011, RTÉ made the announcement that it will introduce "RTÉ Radio Player," a platform for its digital radio stations. Customers of Virgin Media Ireland (formerly UPC Ireland) have had access to RTÉ Player via their televisions from May 25, 2012. On July 8, 2016, the service was made accessible to all Sky Ireland customers.
A new HTML5 version of the RTÉ Player with material that is only available through the online player was unveiled in December 2018. The player also runs other channels like RTÉ Food and RTÉ Archives. Content from overseas broadcasters including CBS, ABC Australia, arte, Epix, Lionsgate Television, and Warner Brothers Television is also available through the on-demand service.
RTÉ Radio summary
The Irish national broadcaster Raidió Teilifs Éireann has a subsidiary called RTÉ Radio. Four analogue and five digital channels are transmitted statewide by RTÉ Radio.
First broadcast in the Irish Free State, 2RN was established in January 1926. In 1933, it changed its name to Radio Athlone (Irish: Raidió th Luain), and in 1938, it became Radio Éireann. It changed its name to Raidió Teilifs Éireann, or RTÉ, in 1966 after beginning to offer television programming. Like its television parent, RTÉ Radio is a statutory organisation, governed by a board chosen by the Irish government, with general administration delegated to the RTÉ Executive Board, led by the Director-General. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland oversees RTÉ Radio.
On November 14, 1925, station director Seamus Clandillon made the inaugural vocal broadcast of 2RN, the original radio callsign for what would later become RTÉ Radio 1. He said: "Seo Raidió 2RN, Baile tha Cliath ag tástáil," which is Irish for "This is Radio 2RN, Dublin testing." On January 1st, 1926, regular radio transmission in Ireland started. Unfortunately, at the time, the 1.5 kilowatt signal from 2RN could not be received by majority of Ireland. In response to multiple complaints from Cork over their inability to get the signal, Clandillon stated in The Irish Radio Review, a journal devoted to the service, that the authors did not understand how to operate their sets. At Cork, a second station, 6CK, was built in 1927, mostly relaying the signals of 2RN.
In 1932, a high power plant with a starting output of 60 kW was built in Athlone to support the Eucharistic Congress. Receivable throughout almost the whole nation, 2RN, 6CK, and Athlone became known as "Radio Athlone" or, in Irish, "Raidió th Luain." In 1938, Radio Athlone was formally called "Radio Éireann." Radio Éireann had a constrained schedule and a conservative approach to programming. Several Irish listeners hardly tolerated it, and they frequently avoided it in favour of BBC stations and Radio Luxembourg. This changed in the 1960s when Radio Éireann was released from direct government control. From June 1969, the new Radio Centre at Donnybrook has been under development. The building's construction was completed in April 1971, and on September 24, 1973, live transmissions started following a period of transition and fitting-out. The transfer from the GPO in O'Connell Street, where Irish radio had been broadcasting since 1928, was finished by May 1974.
In reaction to the expansion of pirate radio stations, RTÉ Radio 2 (later renamed RTÉ 2fm in 1988) launched on May 31, 1979, and has been transmitting ever since. On April 2, 1972, Raidió na Gaeltachta, an Irish language channel, started airing. Since then, RnaG has developed into a significant news, music, and spoken word service. In May 1999, RTÉ Lyric FM replaced FM3 Classic Music, which served to the same target demographic and time-shared with Raidió na Gaeltachta. It serves the interests of classical music and the arts.
RTÉ now has a national communications network with a focus on local news reporting and feedback. RTÉ Radio 1 broadcasts a wide range of content, largely in English but with some Irish as well, including news, current events, music, drama, variety features, agriculture, education, religion, and sport. A well-liked music and conversation station is RTÉ 2fm. In place of FM3 Classical Music, which served the similar audience and split airtime with Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ Lyric FM promotes classical music and the arts. Local radio station RTÉ Radio Cork, which was run by RTÉ and was formerly known as "Cork 89FM" and "RTÉ Cork Local Radio," shut down in January 2000.
UK & Ireland
- Netgem TV
- RTÉ Player (Some content restricted to Ireland & Northern Ireland only)
- Sky Glass & Sky Stream
- Sky Q
- BBC iPlayer
- Channel Four Television Corporation (Channel 4 & music channels)
- Freeview stream
- Pluto TV
- Samsung TV Plus
- Stream from Virgin Media
- Virgin Media
- YouView on BT
- YouView on BT (Internet mode)
- BBC Sounds (Available globally)
- Global Player (Available globally)
- Irish Radioplayer (Officially available in Ireland via apps only. On Android devices, APK can be downloaded and used worldwide)
- RTÉ Radio (Available globally)
- UK Radioplayer (Available globally)