RTE says it won’t charge overseas website viewers


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Sean Moriarty

RTE will not be putting its streamed programmes behind a paywall, despite newspaper reports, it said.

The state broadcaster this week denied reports in the Ireland that it is to charge overseas viewers of its RTE.IE website.

Programmes like the Late Late Show will still be available to international viewers without charge.

Other programmes, like the All Ireland football and hurling finals cannot be viewed outside Ireland online as the GAA has sold the on the rights to others.

RTE did not rule out introducing some web-based paid-for services.

RTÉ Digital was launched in May 2012 and average of 1.9 million unique viewers  per month.

RTE’s head of communication Caroline Stephens told the Irish World: “We already make a wealth of RTÉ programmes and content available to our international audiences free of charge. 

"In addition, RTÉ distributes content internationally to Netflix and Hulu. We are aware of demand for quality Irish content and are exploring new distribution opportunities to deliver great Irish content to our international audiences.

"The Diaspora and international audiences are key to the RTÉ strategy to serve audiences wherever they are, and RTÉ is constantly evaluating new products and services to serve these audiences. The ambition of RTÉ’s digital division is to bring RTÉ content to new audiences and anticipate the future needs of our users.

"Whether our audiences want to connect with us on mobile, desktop, connected TVs, notebooks or on gaming devices, RTÉ’s digital strategy is to ensure RTÉ content is accessible [ apart from rights issued programming like major sports events] on whatever device, and wherever our audience is.”



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