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How to watch RTE Player abroad: Watch RTE when you’re not in Ireland

If you’re overseas and away from Ireland, you won’t be able to catch up the RTE catchup service like you would at home. Here we show you how to watch RTE Player abroad.

How to watch RTE Player abroad

  1. Download and install a VPN
  2. Select a server that’s based in Ireland
  3. Open RTE Player
  4. Steam any of the programmes or live TV channels (as you would if you were in Ireland)


Why do I need a VPN to watch RTE Player abroad?

For licencing reasons, RTE restricts its online catch-up service to Irish internet users only. If you’re not in Ireland, you won’t be able to access the service, regardless of whether you’re an Irish citizen/taxpayer or not. The only way to unlock the service, while abroad, is to use a VPN to spoof your IP address. (Read also: Best Antivirus for Mac 2017.)

IP addresses are similar international dialling codes, each country has its own unique range of IP addresses. This means services like RTE Player can detect which country user is accessing the internet from. To combat this, VPNs uses a network of servers and encrypted data to allow users to spoof their IP location.

By using a good VPN and selecting an Irish server location, you can successfully trick the RTE Player’s online services into thinking you’re accessing its content from within Ireland. Meaning you can watch RTE Player while abroad.

Best VPNs to watch RTE abroad

VPNs aren’t expensive, they can cost as little as £3/month. They’re ideal for ex-pats or people who travel frequently but still want to access Irish internet services. VPN’s are also good for people who are privacy conscious as they encrypt your data, protecting your browsing habits from ISPs and spying governments alike. To help you pick the right server, here are the three best VPNs that we recommend you should but in 2017.

The 3 Best VPNs

  1. NordVPN – £4.34/Month
  2. PureVPN – £3.24/Month
  3. Windscribe – £3.08/Month

(See our Best VPNs of 2017 guide for more info)

How to watch RTE Player abroad - IPVanishThere are multiple free VPNs you can use to spoof your location and access the internet as if you were in Ireland. However, free VPNs often come with problems such as data caps, slows throttled transfer speeds or restricted access to servers locations.

Windscribe, for example, gives users access to any of its servers in 50+ countries, while gifted 10GB of free data a month. The problem is that free VPNs like Windscribe are really popular, and because of this they are crowded. When a VPN is overcrowded its data transfer speeds suffer and are often too slow to stream video content properly.

Buying a VPN solves these problems, giving you unlimited access to premium servers with no data caps of throttling of transfer speeds.

3 Best (Free) VPNs

  1. Tunnel Bear – 500MB/Month
  2. Windscribe – 10GB / Month
  3. Speedify – 1GB / Month

How much data do I need to watch RTE Player abroad?

Streaming catch-up or live TV over the internet can require anything between 600MB/hour for SD content to 2GB/hour for HD content.

Read next: How to watch BT Sport abroad.