Tuesday 16 July 2019

'Late Late Show' takes on the world as RTE launches new app

Miriam O'Callaghan, Oliver Callan and Kevin Dundon at the launch of RTE's new global online irish television service for international audiences. Photo: Damien Eagers
Miriam O'Callaghan, Oliver Callan and Kevin Dundon at the launch of RTE's new global online irish television service for international audiences. Photo: Damien Eagers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Expatriates missing the drama of Carrigstown or Ryan Tubridy's late-night offerings will now be able to catch up with their favourite shows on RTE's International Player App.

While 'The Late Late Show' and 'Fair City' are free to view, those living overseas will have to pay €8.99 a month to watch popular series such as 'Operation Transformation', 'Love/Hate', Gay Byrne's 'The Meaning of Life', 'Room to Improve' and 'At Your Service'.

RTE have described the service as a "freemium offering": 100 hours of free content will be refreshed daily while the paid subscription offers a further 400 hours.

Documentary series 'The Zoo' and 'Animal Clinic' fall behind the pay wall, but all is not lost; 2011 documentary 'Brian and Pippa Get Married' and 'Creedon's Cities' will both be available for free.

Gangland drama 'Love/Hate' will only be available in Australia, Canada and New Zealand due to the prior sale of the US broadcast rights to video-streaming site Hulu in 2012.

The app will also feature a selection of seasonal content themed around events such as the St Patrick's Day parade or the Rose of Tralee contest.

'Prime Time', 'Claire Byrne Live', 'Nationwide', 'Ear to the Ground' and the three daily news programmes will also be free to watch.

"The newsroom is going global," Bryan Dobson joked.

'The Late Late Show' was streamed a total of 1,636,000 times in 2014, so it is fitting that Ryan Tubridy has been selected as the official brand ambassador for the Player International App.

Tubridy joked that there was now "no escaping" the 'The Late Late Show'. "You can't run and you can't hide," he said.

The app was officially launched by Minister for Communications Alex White in the Royal Hibernian Academy yesterday afternoon.

Mr White said the app helped bring "Ireland closer to Irish communities abroad".

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